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Bruce Drake

A little brat appears publicly "in broad daylight before a crowd of
10,000 goyim," kept them electrified for two solid hours, openly
ridiculed Nikolai, and in order his ministers and nobles Truly the
Napoleon of Lechowitz! In this week's excerpt, Faivel Rivkin hits
Nikolai, >from the Yizkor book of Lyakhavichy, Belarus Nikolai must be
Tsar Nicholas II, no friend of the Jews, who reigned >from 1894 until
he was forced to abdicate in 1917 by the revolution. And the Monopoly
must refer to the monopoly the government imposed on liquor distilling
in 1897 which severely affected Jewish economic activity and was a
reason many emigrated to America. This chapter tells of the chutzpah
of 16-year old Faivel whose impassioned speech led to the sacking of
the state liquor store leaving a mess of crushed shelves and heaps of
little pieces of glass and a lot of very drunk gentiles.


Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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