Jewish Children Forced Into the Tsar’s Army (This Week in Jewish History)

Isidor Kaufman (1853-1921), Portrait of a Yeshiva Boy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Isidor Kaufman (1853-1921), Portrait of a Yeshiva Boy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Reeling from the humiliating defeat of the Crimean War, the Russian Empire decides its policy of forcibly conscripting Jewish boys into military service is counterproductive, and finally abandons the cruel decades-old policy of taking underage children into thirty-one years of military training and service.

2 thoughts on “Jewish Children Forced Into the Tsar’s Army (This Week in Jewish History)

  1. This was fascintating, Dr. Abramson. I recently was passed down a Crimean War Medal that my great-great zayde (Eliezer Fagin) received for his service in the Crimean War. I have researched his war medal and due to the fact it’s light brass, he was a combatant. I wondered if you could tell me how many Jewish men fought in the Crimean War and how many perished. Thank you so much. I look forward to listening to more of your lectures. -Stacey Silverman, sammyolivia@yahoo.com

    1. Hello Ms. Silverman–
      I’m not sure how many Jews fought in the Crimean war, but I’m confident my colleague Dr. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern would have a good idea (yps@northwestern.edu). Thanks for the kind words on the video!
      HMA

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