ruth holmstock <ruthholm@...>
I have just come back >from a meeting for beginners in Genealogy at
which one of the participants talked about their cousin being shot
in the leg to avoid conscription. The group leader told us that the
reason for avoiding it was because service was for 20 to 25 years
and most Jewish recruits never returned. According to him in some
shtetls a person was appointed the official maimer to help people
avoid conscription. He said this started with cutting off a single
finger but the Army got wise to that and it got more extreme.
The other 'dodge' was to change the surname of sons other than the
first born who was apparently exempt.
Borisov, Belarus: GOLOMSTOK, HOLOMSTOCK, GOLEMSTOK, GOLOMSHTOCK,
GOLOMSHTOK, GOLEMSTOCK, GOLMSHTOK, GOLMSTOCK
Vitepsk: GELKIN and LEAH, BRODNISKY