It was a cold February night in Berlin, 1920, when Franziska Shanzkowska jumped into the Landwher Canal.
We know why she jumped: she’d lost her fiancee during the war. She’d also suffered from an accident in the munitions plant where she worked. She had scars, a head injury, possibly survivors guilt and definitely depression. In an era far removed from modern psychology, her story is tragic, and unfortunately all too common.
She survived her suicide attempt. Then her story takes a turn into the uncommon. Because while she went into the canal a factory worker, she came out of the water as the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia.