Sacked by the Bolsheviks: The Winter Palace of the Tsars

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Although they refer to past events, these photoaphs, only just to hand, are of remarkable interest The sacking of the Winter Palace at Petrograd took place on November 8, when the Bolshevik forces overcame the resistance of the Cadets and the Women’s Battalion, who were guarding the Palace, and emnsky’s Provisional Goernment sur- rendered, be himself effecting his escape. A vivid and detiled accunt of these events was given in the “Morning Post” of December p1. “‘And the priceless art and other treasures of the Winter Palace ” (says the writer) “where are they now? The soldiery and their friends spent the night, the neat day, and a good deal of Friday, in stripping and removing everything they thought good to take, and destroying most of the rest.

Uike mad, nsemes brbarians in the palaces of the Caiers, they slashed ris-cross innumerable great works of art . . . Through the great rooms of State and the private cha.bers of the Empearrs of aa . . . the marauders srore and fought, miaig te ad levir nothing damagpd. . . . The world itself is the poarer for the aseesa , ‘,.ee1dale crime of sackg the Winer Palace. And upon whose ead lies the blame ? r the s:;heriks : t:hey ared the Winter Palace last March. It had og ceased to be the residence of the Romanoffs ; it wa the art museum of a nation. … K~ensky, who created on paper this ‘democracy’ of Rusia, elected to take up his residence in the Palace of the Ts. Kereuky, who eight months ago uived in a mean room, has eoured to the full the lury of Empe,. . . and feasted on the gold and soer plate of bpnd Emperors and Eneses. . . Upon Kerensky pmea . .. ls the ban.”


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