We are fairly certain that my great-grandfather evaded military service
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by have the index finger on his right hand chopped off. This would have
been about 1881 in Volhynia province. In 1882 he arrived in Winnipeg
and we have eye-witnesses who remembered his shortened finger.
On 12/20/2014 9:18 PM, Jules F Levin firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On 12/20/2014 12:33 PM, James & Sara Feldman email@example.com wrote:
... You had to be able to show, among other things, thatIt is a disservice to the hundreds of thousands of Jews who served
you had no unfulfilled army obligation. ... Since serving in the
czar's army required violating kashruth and put the jewish soldier in
a most uncompromising antisemitic environment, the jewish community
avoided service by every means possible.
honorably in the tsar's armies to present these stories as typifying the
whole Jewish community, rather than the family stories of a
self-selected group - those who left Russia for various reasons,
avoiding army service only one among many. Jewish veterans were
credited with stopping pogroms in Odessa, using the side arms they were
allowed to keep after honorable discharge. Joseph Trumbeldor, a Yeshuv
pioneer, lost an arm in service to the tsar, and wrote him offering his
other arm. (Many historians believe economic conditions were the major
motive for emigration.) The Jewishgen Viewmate has many photos of young
Jewish lads proudly and smilingly wearing their military uniforms.
Even as late as 1918 Jewish emigrants >from Russia were greatly
outnumbered by the Jews who stayed behind, and clearly they all could
not have been avoiding military service.
Jules Levin (the greatgrandnephew of a Jewish veteran who was one of the
founding members of the Jewish community of Finland, made up of army
dischargees allowed to settle where they were discharged.)