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Jewish man from Volyn, Ukraine in which Russian army? #Ukraine #military

N. Summers
 

My grandfather (Sol Finkelstein) was from Radziwillow, Ukraine. He served (voluntarily, I think) in the Russian army during WWI. Apparently he spoke several languages and served as a translator. He was injured and sent to a POW camp, which I think was in/near Vienna. He must have been treated well there as i have a photo of him with two other men, all dressed in military-style uniforms. Will try to post it in ViewMate.
1. Does anyone know which army he would have joined and where?
2. Are there any records which might help?

Thanks
Nancy S
Maryland USA

Finkelstein, Bookstein, Liss/Alper, Lifshitz/Leaf

Ava (Sherlock) Cohn
 

The uniform will help you find out which country and the date of the photograph will help also because the Russian army only participated formally in the war until the Russian Revolution of 1917.

N. Summers
 

Re identifying the uniform: I showed the photo to an expert in military uniforms of the era and he thought they were POW uniforms. They don’t match any military uniform of which he was aware. Before I even learned that my grandfather had been a POW, he suggested that it was a POW uniform. It is similar to an Austrian uniform, I think, but I have to double check that.

Does anyone know whether there was a POW camp in or near Vienna during WWI?

Thanks again,

Nancy in Maryland


On Nov 9, 2019, at 5:36 PM, Ava Cohn <sherlock.cohn@...> wrote:

The uniform will help you find out which country and the date of the photograph will help also because the Russian army only participated formally in the war until the Russian Revolution of 1917.