Re: Maiming to Avoid the Russian Draft?

Kenneth Packer

I think many of us with family from Russia have stories like this.  My Great Uncle, Aaron Packer, was born in Russia near Kiev and left Russia in 1917 as a result of the Russian Revolution.  He punctured his eardrum to become deaf and avoid being drafted into the Russian Army - one of many harrowing stories in his life.
Ken Packer
Washingtonville, NY

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