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    Anastasia's Aunt Olga visited Anna Anderson (left) with Anastasia's tutor & nursemaid in the mid 1920s, eventually denying her claim. Harriet von Keilmann-Rathlef, who cared for Anderson, wrote: "On several occasions, the Grand Duchess (Olga) expressed the opinion that the patient bore some resemblance to her niece Tatiana (right). Mr & Mrs Gilliard also thought so. The Grand Duchess even said that if anyone had told her that the patient was her niece Tatiana, she would have believed it at once."

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Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana with their maternal Aunt Irene "Nini". After the revolution Irene met with Anastasia claimant Anna Anderson. While saying Anderson had some resemblance to Tatiana she denied her claim. Her son supported Anderson's claim and argued with his Mother who insisted that while she was similar she simply wasn't her niece.

Anna Anderson was brought to New York in 1928 by Princess Xenia Leeds a cousin of Grand Duchess Anastasia.Her claim was causing much strife within the Romanov family as members who had met Anderson had differing opinions.Grand Duke Andreii was adamant she was legitimate while Grand Duchess Olga A.(Anastasia's Aunt & Godmother) left her meetings initially uncertain but was later confident Anderson was a fake.Xenia subsequently believed Anderson to be her cousin,yet her sister Nina did not.

Anna Anderson was brought to New York in 1928 by Princess Xenia Leeds a cousin of Grand Duchess Anastasia.Her claim was causing much strife within the Romanov family as members who had met Anderson had differing opinions.Grand Duke Andreii was adamant she was legitimate while Grand Duchess Olga A.(Anastasia's Aunt & Godmother) left her meetings initially uncertain but was later confident Anderson was a fake.Xenia subsequently believed Anderson to be her cousin,while her sister Nina did not.

Alexandra Tegleeva, she was nursemaid to the Imperial children. After the revolution she married the Imperial French tutor Pierre Gilliard. The two of them along with Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna visited Anna Anderson who claimed to be Anastasia. After meeting with her for several days and asking her various questions, in Russian and German, they released a statement after their visits that she was not Anastasia.

Tatiana Melnik née Botkin daughter of Dr. Yevgeneii Sergeiievich Botkin who was murdered with the Imperial family (left) during one of her initial visits with Anna Anderson (right) during the late 1920s in Oberstdorf, Germany. It is apparent by her expression that Tatiana felt at ease and familiar with Anderson whom she believed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Her brother Gleb would follow suit during his visit shortly thereafter. The two would become Anderson's biggest supporters.

Tatiana Botkin (daughter of Dr. Yevgeneii Botkin who was murdered with the Imperial family), Anna Anderson and Dr. Eithel in 1926. As indicated by Tatiana holding Anderson's hand she by this point believed Anderson was her childhood acquaintance Grand Duchess Anastasia.

Anna Anderson-the woman who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia.

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Alexandra Tegleva,Grand Duchess Anastasia's nursemaid. She journeyed with the Imperial family into captivity but was not allowed to be with them in Ekaterinburg.After the revolution she escaped and married Pierre Gilliard the Imperial children's French tutor.She met with Anastasia claimant Anna Anderson distraught over her visits to Anderson who was near death and bedridden she left in tears appearing uncertain whether Anderson was her former charge.Later her husband publicly denounced Anderson.