Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #general #russia


Jeff Marx
 

Please note that there is also a discussion on Jewish Gen between a number of us about stories concerning family members who maimed themselves to get out of the draft.  I've been collecting these stories and trying to confirm (without, so far, a lot of success) that the maiming actually occurred, and that the real injuries some relatives had were as a result of attempting to avoid the draft.  For important background research, I've found that the "gold standard" of historical research about the Russian draft is  Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern's 2009 book, JEWS IN THE RUSSIAN ARMY, 1827-1917.  Also really good is Olga Litvak's CONSCRIPTION AND THE SEARCH FOR MODERN RUSSIAN JEWRY.  
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Jeff Marx
Researching ANSPACHER, AUGAPHEL, AUGENBLICK, BREAKSTONE, BREGSTEIN, CARLEBACH, HIEGENLICH, KUBELSKY, MARX

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