Re: Reply to Re: Maiming to Avoid the Russian Draft?

Andy Monat

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern who wrote that article on Miliary Service in Russia in the YIVO Encyclopedia also wrote a book on the topic, "Jews in the Russian army, 1827 - 1917 : drafted into modernity". I read it and found a lot of useful background material, obviously far more than he had room to put into the encyclopedia article.

For instance, I learned from the book that in the 1890s it became more difficult for Jews living outside the Pale to receive renewals of their permits to live in those locations. That might account for the immigration to the US in the 1890s of my great-grandfather Shmuel Moshe (Samuel) Monat, an army veteran living in the city of Petrozavodsk in Karelia.


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