Belarus SIG #Belarus Is this Abraham LEVIK's Russian swimming award? #belarus


Martin Fischer
 

My maternal grandfather, Abraham LEVIK (1877-1957) of Kiyev, Ukraine, is
reputed to have won a river swimming competition and received an award >from
the czarina of Russia.

I have posted close-up photos on ViewMate of a piece of jewelry that seems
to have Russian letters on the front and two dates (October 2, 1905 and
October 2, 1910) on the back.

Is this a swimming award that might have been presented to my grandfather by
the czar's wife, or does it have anything to do with his service in the
Russian army in the Russo-Japanese war?

What do the letters on the front signify? What do the numbers on the back
signify? Could they indicate he won the swimming competition twice, or could
they indicate the years of his military service?

I realize that this is not exactly a genealogy question, but we are
interested in learning whether that story about my grandfather's athletic
achievement might be validated by this piece of jewelry.

I would be interested in hearing >from experts on the history of the Russian
royal family who might be able to verify that the Russian letters on the
front might verify that it was presented by the czarina. Was there a
tradition of river swimming competitions in czarist Russia, in Kiyev or
elsewhere? Was there some particular significance to October 2 in the
history of Russia?

Please see: http://data.jewishgen.org/viewmate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=9255

Thanks for your assistance and information.

Martin Fischer
Illinois, USA
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The Fischer and Levin family history Web site is at:
http://mefischer1.home.comcast.net/

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