In the Imperial Russian Army, 1901–1904

Anita Shapira

in Yosef Haim Brenner

Published by Stanford University Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780804785273
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780804793131 | DOI:
In the Imperial Russian Army, 1901–1904

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This chapter describes Brenner's service in the tsar's army for two-and-a-quarter years, his innocence and naïvety, and his being taken advantage of by his more brutal and conniving comrades. During this period his first book won him recognition in Jewish circles as a promising young author, and as a result, the local rabbi, H. Y. Katznelson, interceded on his behalf with the military authorities and gained him a respite from exploitation by his comrades. Under very difficult conditions in the barracks, he rewrote the manuscript of Bahoref, which had been lost. When his regiment was about to be sent to the Far East for the war against Japan, he deserted with the help of his friends and admirers, including a young woman, Chaya Wolfsohn, to whom he was attached. After three months of dangerous adventures, he reached Germany on his way to the West

Keywords: tsarist regime; Jews and military service; Russian anti-Semitism; H. Y. Katznelson; Oryol; Chaya Wolfsohn; desertion; prisoners' convoy; 1905 Russo-Japanese War

Chapter.  6333 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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