Re: Maiming to Avoid the Russian Draft?

Jack Berger

The story about maiming circulated in my family as well. When my great-uncle was examined by a doctor, back in Russian Poland the doctor told my great-grandmother (his mother) that he could maim my great-uncle if she so desired. She refused the offer and made it possible for him to emigrate to America. Because of this my great-uncle eventually brought the remainder of his family (including his mother) to America, and is why I can write this to you today.

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