The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family

Written by Helen Rappaport
Review by Viviane Crystal

July 17, 1918 is the day in Russian history when the assassination/murder of the Romanovs took place. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey, died in a disorganized, fiery blaze of bullets after spending a very long time exiled from the capital.

After uncovering unknown, hidden and classified documents from that period, Helen Rappaport takes us through the failures to save the Romanov family after Tsar Nicholas abdicated his throne, to be replaced by the new Soviet Provisional Government. The royal families of England, Spain, Germany, Holland, and France are friendly and related; although many promised rescue, all backed down at the last minute for financial, political and social reasons. The reader, on following this painstaking series of debates with no follow-up action, can empathize with the pain, frustration, fear, and agony as this horrific historical nightmare comes to a hideous close. This is a must, albeit difficult, read for those interested in in-depth historical analysis of the brutal demise of the Romanovs.