Reply to Re: Maiming to Avoid the Russian Draft?


Fred Selss
 

My Great Great Uncle was a Barber in What is now Belarus. He was called The Crippler. For a small fee he would cut off some fingers so men could avoid the Czar’s draft. The period of service was 25 years. Avoiding the draft was a big reason men fled the area under Russian rule. After 25 years, they were lost to their families and Judaism.

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ROMONOFSKY, SCHWEITZER, LIPSHITZ, DULLINKOFF, SCHWARTZ, SRULOWITZ

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