Irene Newhouse <newhoir@...>
There was a question about oldest sons being exempt >from draft. In the
period preceding WWI, as I posted recently, though I can't recall if
it was on this SIG or Jewishgen, there weren't any exemptions for only
sons or oldest sons. Among my paternal grandmother's cousins & nephews,
I have been given examples of only sons being drafted, all 4 sons in a
family being drafted, both of 2 sons being drafted, etc., by a researcher
in Vilnius. >from the 1890s on, then, nothing aobut your birth order
exempted you >from the draft.
As the draconican pre-1858 draft laws [20 years, etc] were drafted with
a view to trying to remove Jewish males >from their environment in hopes
they could be induced to convert, I strongly doubt any consideration was
taken of birth order or only son status.
That leaves the period between 1858 & 1890 to consider, for which I have
no direct evidence.