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Tsar Nicholas II

A moment from yesterday

Laureen Harder-Gissing
Nov 01, 2017 | Volume 21 Issue 21

Photo courtesy of Sarah Dyck, Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Tsar Nicholas II, seated on a chair at centre of this photograph, is surrounded by patients, Red Cross workers and other staff at a hospital for wounded men in Ekaterinoslav, South Russia. Abraham Dick, a Mennonite non-combatant serving in the medical corps, was present that day. He carried this photograph with him when he emigrated to Ontario in 1924. This was probably one of the last public occasions for the Tsar, who was deposed in March 1917. Knowing what was soon to happen in Russia, how does this picture make you feel?

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca.


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