Re: Maiming to Avoid the Russian Draft?

Sarah L Meyer

My family story does not involve maiming, but buying false papers to avoid the draft, and then using that name to leave Russia and come to the US.  In 1884 my ggf Fishel Meyer (born Perchik) came to the US.  I believe that this story is more common than the maiming one.  My mother (z"l) was once approached by a woman at the Temple asking if there was a possible relationship because her maiden name was also Meyer.   After hearing Mom's story about how my father's grandfather purchased the name, the woman said "Oh, we have that same story in my family".  In those days, pre-internet and pre-DNA testing, no further exploration of potential relationships was done.

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