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Young Galician boys forced labor for Russian army during FIRST World War #galicia


Sharon Taylor
 

Has anyone heard of young men and even boys used as forced labor for the Russian army during the FIRST Word War? I know they were often used to dig trenches, etc. This happened in our family and I’m wondering if anyone else has heard a similar story.

Sharon Taylor
Oreland, PA


Sherri Bobish
 


Sharon,

https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/forced_labour
"This article examines the conditions, forms and consequences of forced labor and recruitment during the First World War, especially in German-occupied northern France, Belgium, Russian-Poland and Lithuania."

Regards,

Sherri Bobish


Andrea Tzadik
 

ubject: Re: Young Galician boys forced labor for Russian army during FIRST World War #galicia
My Grandfather was 16 when the Russians came through and destroyed his Shtetle of Knyhnicze Ukraine.
They took all the men and boys from their Shtetle as well as those of the surrounding towns to Russia
to workcamps. They took his Grandfather, a Rabbi, 61 years old, and his cousin who was 6 years old.
They made them all walk to Kiev and from there they put them on trains to the workcamps.
In 1917 they came back to Tarnow where they stayed until 1918 when they were allowed to return to their
Shtetle.
Andrea Tzadik


Sharon Taylor
 

Wow, Andrea, thank you for sharing your grandfather’s amazing story.

You mentioned that they returned to Tarnow in 1917, but couldn’t return home until 1918. Who was holding them? Was it the Austro-Hungarian authorities? I’ve read elsewhere that those who did make it back to Galicia were often detained by Austrian officials.

Does anyone else have insights as to what happened to the men and boys who were able to return to Galicia after they were taken by the Russians for forced labor during WWI?

Sharon Taylor 
Philadelphia, PA