Andrea Vangor <drav@...>
With apologies for a sort of non-contribution to the discussion,
although negative evidence is still evidence: my great-grandfather
left Vitebsk, Russia when he was probably draft age or near to it.
He had been blinded in one eye due to a childhood illness, probably
measles. However, no one in our family ever said or heard anything
to suggest that this was a deliberate injury to avoid the draft...