Friday, 27 March 2020
Speaker: Paul Marland
Lecture title: The last Tsar of Russia
At about 1 a.m. on July 17, 1918, in a fortified mansion in the town of Ekaterinburg, in the Ural Mountains, the Romanovs—ex-tsar Nicholas II, ex-tsarina Alexandra, their five children, and their four remaining servants —were awoken by their Bolshevik captors and told they must dress and gather their belongings for a swift nocturnal departure. They gathered in the cellar, and waited patiently, until, suddenly, 11 or 12 heavily armed men filed ominously into the room.
What happened next—the slaughter of the family and servants—was one of the seminal events of the 20th century. How had such a family come to such a fate? Were their deaths in some way deserved, or were they murdered by History?
Bio: Paul Marland
After graduating from Carleton, Paul Marland entered High School Teaching, temporarily he thought. He remained for 36 years, seduced by the many minds of the people whom he met.