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October 19, 2012



Grandpa Phillip was a war resister! That's a new one for me. So, there some of THAT in me too (hears the Rivrsis chuckling 150 miles away).


Grandpa fled the Tsar because he was fleeing the Tsar's Army. It was notorious for impressing Jews, and unlike the other peasants and serfs forced into the military, not allowing them to go home after some long period of time. Just to stay in the Army and die there. The alternative to fleeing was chopping off a foot or a hand. Grandpa chose, like the good Jew he was, to wander. To the USA.

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