were bound by far more than just the family relationships between the Romanov and Hohenzollern houses: a warm bond of friendship, which both remained faithful to until their deaths. A relic of this special friendship is the Russian colony of Alexandrowka in Potsdam, which still stands today. It was created in 1826 by order of King “Fritz” in memory of his friend “Sash”, who had passed away a year before. In 1812, Prussia, which had been defeated by Napoleon, was forced to enter into an alliance with France and wage war against Russia. This led to 62 captured Russian soldiers being brought to Potsdam for the first time in October 1812. The king wanted to form a “Russian singer choir”, which was assigned to the 1st Guard Regiment. More than 1000 Russian soldiers were interned in Potsdam at this time as prisoners of war.
SASH Alexander I. Pawlowitsch Romanow
(1777 - 1825) was the czar of Russian
from 1801 to 1825
FRITZ Friedrich Wilhelm III. (1770 - 1840) was a member of the noble house of Hohenzollern, was the King of Prussia since 1797