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Lithuanian Draft Avoidance Lists #lithuania #russia


Adam Turner
 

I'm curious if anyone knows the particularities of how lists of conscripts, and "men avoiding the draft", were created around WWI in the Russian Empire. I'm pretty confident that I've found family members of mine in the Panevezys District Draft Avoidance aka "Conscripts List did not go to Army" list in the LitvakSIG database: conscript Genekh Faivel KHATSKELEVICH, son of Abel, his parents Abel and Gitel, and his brothers Azriel and Shimen Khaim, listed in Krekenava in 1915. This is a very strong match for my great-grandmother's cousins Frank (Feivel), Arthur (Azriel), and Herman (Hebrew name unknown, but obviously Chaim is the most likely candidate), who changed their surname to STEIN in the US.  

The only point of hesitation I have on matching this list to my cousins is that the conscript, Genekh Faivel aka Frank Stein, had immigrated to the US in September 1913, and his older brother, Azriel aka Arthur, had likely immigrated to the US even earlier, in 1907 (I have the naturalization papers and their probable manifests). So I'm wondering about the specifics of how these lists were enumerated: were the authorities working off of some other lists of military-age men that had been created many years earlier, and is that why they were still listing men in them who had been gone from the country for years by 1915?

Adam Turner