RUSSIAN DRAFT NOTICE: #russia
My grandfather Morris Weinstein received his draft notice into the Russian army in November, 1905. He was told to report, or show reason not to. I have the original notice on light green flimsy paper. He brought it with him when he arrived in New York on January 6, 2006. I also have a store receipt, he saved, which shows he bought socks and shirts in Hamburg, before his departure. My grandfather was a draft dodger, thank goodness.
of registration with the Selective Service Section of
the City of Riga
Registered in the City of Riga under the social status and tax bracket No 128.
Meier Zelik Leizerov Weinstein, born 5 August 1885, under article 112 of the War Regulations, issued 1897, for the fulfillment of Military Service, is registered at the City of Riga Selective Service Section.
Religious affiliation: Mosaic Law
Occupation, Trade or Business: Coachman training
Read? Yes Write? Yes
The above named is subject to Military Service by conscription as of 1906 and in accordance with Regulation 4 for the composition of the list by family attached to the Instructions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs dated 8 February 1874 change Number 6, is obligated to immediately inform the Department of the Riga City Government of any changes in his familial circumstances, such as additions or loss of family members, following the registration at the Induction Center.
Independent of that, he is obligated to deliver to the Department in the second half of 1905, no later than 30 November 1905, concrete evidence of his family standing.
Issued by the Department of Riga City Directorate of Military Induction.
23 September 1905, by Number 690/1912.
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This is fascinating. It's great that you have a translation. Would it be possible for you to post a scan of the original document? I think I'm not the only one who's always wanted to see what these look like.
Erika Gottfried - granddaughter of another successful draft dodger (Thanks, grandpa!)
Teaneck, New Jersey
During that time period, economic expansion did not provide enough jobstoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
for the young Jewish men coming of age. All studies suggest that
economic motives were more important than draft dodging. Most Jews
remained in Russia, and most served honorably. It might be that the
percent of draft dodgers was not much greater than the percent of
Americans who fled to Canada to escape the Viet Nam draft. I am writing
this message to honor the many thousands of Jewish veterans of the
Russian army who were allowed to keep their weapons when discharged, and
who defended Jewish communities against pogroms, as well as Jewish
pioneers in the Yishuv. I also note that the children of the "draft
dodger" immigrants served honorably in the US Army in WW I.
On 6/2/2020 11:35 AM, erikagottfried53@... wrote:
This is fascinating. It's great that you have a translation. Would it