Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia


binyaminkerman@...
 

The talltale in my family is that an ancestor tutored the Czar'sĀ  daughter. In truth it was probably a local gentile nobleman and that's most likely the case in other stories of Jewish interaction with the Czar. Of course stories where the Jew was employed for somethingĀ  of low social standing are easier to believe.
Some hints as to whether there is any truth behind the story can be found if the family lived in an area that was otherwise exclusive to gentiles or if they seem to have been of higher class and wealth than other Jews. But some stories are totally made up.

Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

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