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Tombstone of Elisabeth Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

    Elisabeth Elisabeth Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Elisabeth von Dingelstedt) (born St. Petersburg, Russia, 1874 – died Turku, Finland, 1964) was a daughter to Tsarist officer Theodor von Dingelstedt. Elisabeth married Russian prince Alexander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and they had a daughter named Paraskewa in 1895. Elisabeth became a widow when Alexander died in a duel aged 32 in 1901. Tsar Nikolai II provided a place to live in for the family. Elisabeth and Paraskewa moved to Turku in 1916 when the revolutionaries started to make living in St. Petersburg uneasy. Life in Finland was tough at first, as the Finnish Civil war broke out in 1918 and Elisabeth and Paraskewa had to make a living by selling luxury items they had taken with them from Russia. Later on, Elisabeth made a living by offering private classes in French language and lived in Turku until her death. She socialized often with other emigrates at the Turku Orthodox Church. She was known for her dignity and aristocratic nature.

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