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.

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