Russian army records from world war one #ukraine


N. Summers
 

Does anyone know whether there are records of Jewish soldiers in the Russian army in World War I? I am trying to find enlistment records, discharge records or hospital/POW camp records. Also, I would appreciate any thoughts you might have on some of the inconsistencies in the story.

Background: My grandfather Sol Finkelstein served in the Russian army. I don't know whether this was White Russian or Red. I never heard any stories about it not being voluntary, but not sure exactly what happened. He was about 18 years old and >from Radzivilov, Volyn, Ukraine. Apparently he spoke several languages and I believe he served as a translator.

At some point he was injured and sent to a POW camp. Based on an old letter I found >from a family friend, I believe the camp was near Vienna, Austria. The friend describes him visiting family, which I find hard to imagine if he were a POW. I have a photo of Sol and two other young men wearing nice military-style uniforms without any insignia. An expert in military uniforms suggested that these were POW uniforms. It seems unusual to me that they would be permitted to have photos taken in a POW camp.

After the war he moved to Ostrog, Poland. I learned this as it was listed as his most recent place of residence on his passenger manifest to the US. Also, he met a Bookstein family >from Ostrog , traveled to New York with several of them in 1920 and then married their daughter Nora.

I appreciate any thoughts you might have or research ideas.

thank you

Nancy Summers
Maryland, USA


sandy@...
 

I have long been trying to find army records for my maternal great, great grandfather who would have served probably in
the 1850s. I can't find anything. He was a lifer in their army. Sandy Bass-Cors

On Fri 15/11/19 4:48 AM , "Nancy Summers summ1@..." ukraine@... sent:

Does anyone know whether there are records of Jewish soldiers in the
Russian army in World War I? I am trying to find enlistment records,
discharge records or hospital/POW camp records. Also, I would appreciate
any thoughts you might have on some of the inconsistencies in the
story.


Beverley Davis
 

My story is a little different >from other recent messages re Russian army records >from world war one, but SIG members may find it of interest.

My uncle Leizer (Lazarus) BLATT was born in Dvinsk, Russia (later known as Denenburg, now Daugavpils, Latvia) in January 1898. When he was six months old his mother travelled to London with four children to join her husband who had come earlier. Four more children were born in London, with my late mother being the youngest.

During 1917, Britain and Russia agreed to a convention involving the introduction of conscription of Russian aliens in Britain. With the passage of an Act for the Conscripting of Friendly Aliens those Jews who were called up to the British Army were given the alternative of returning to Russia to serve in the Russian Army. Nineteen-year-old Leizer chose this option; he did not return to England, and the family presumed that he had been killed in action.

I would be doubtful (but ecstatic) if any record could be found of his service and/or his fate.

Beverley Davis
Melbourne, Australia


Bena Shklyanoy <benagen@...>
 

The Tsar's army didn't exist after the Bolshevik Revolution (Nov
1917). After that, the army that fought the Red Army (organized in
1918) was called the White Army (1918-1923) in contrast to the Red.
There were relatively few Jews who fought in the White Army because it
was known for its vicious pogroms whereas the Red Army was not. Can't
imagine many army records would exist >from that time period but those
that do would more probably be >from the pre-Revolution portion of the
WWI.

Bena Shklyanoy, Chicago