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Sunday, April 9, 2006 at 10 AM sharp
Larry Domnitch, author
The Cantonists—The Jewish Children's Army of the Tsar
The Cantonist era was a terrifying episode in Jewish history, and one that
is etched in the collective memory of the Jewish people. Tsar Nicholas of
Russia conscripted thousands of Jewish children – some as young as 6 years
old – into his army for up to 25 years! The Tsar's declared goal was nothing
less than to convert these children to Christianity; for him, their baptism
was of the highest priority.
Researching the Cantonists revealed the struggle of these youngsters to
maintain their Judaism against impossible odds. Many failed. But some, like
Golda Meir's grandfather, succeeded in reclaiming their heritage and
reconnecting the chain of Jewish tradition. Today, thousands of Jews are
descendants of those stalwart Cantonists.
Larry Domnitch has degrees in both political science and Jewish history. He
writes extensively for newspapers and journals throughout the United States
and Israel, especially about this unique period of history.
For more information, please contact Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater
Miami at 305-868-9226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33137 Phone:
305-576-4000 Bring Picture ID Parking entrance at rear of building