Grand Princess Anastasia Nikolaevna was born on June 18, 1901 in Petergof, Russian Empire. She had three older sisters and one younger brother. A few of her nicknames as a child were: "Malenkaya" meaning little one, and "shvibzik" meaning imp in Russian. The title Grand Princess meant "Imperial Highness" so she was of higher rank than other Princesses in Europe who were "Royal Highness".
She and her siblings were raised as simply as possible. They slept on hard camp cots with no pillows (except when they were sick), took cold morning baths, tidied up their rooms, and did needlework that would be sold at various charity events.
When Nicholas II abdicated the throne, he and his family were taken captive, "placed under house arrest", in February of 1917. While in captivity, Anastasia continued to enjoy her life and make life enjoyable for her family as well. The soldiers surrounding their imprisonment (which was a house, cottage), thought her friendly, fun, and full of wit to match her sharp tongue.
On July 17, 1918, Anastasia and her family were executed by firing squad inside the house. The children fought back the most.
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