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Young Polish men dodging draft?

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Re: Young Polish men dodging draft?

Posted: 21 Dec 2012 1:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
It may have been the Russians, but it was probably the Austrian Army they were dodging.. At this time, Poland did not exist as a country after the many partitions that began in 1794. Poland was split between Prussia, Austro-Hungary, and Russia.

I know that in the Austrian partition known as Galicia, in the late 1890s and early 1900s the Austrian Army was drafting people. Polish males did not want to serve in a foreign army so a lot of them fled the country.

I have spoken with descendants of Polish men who emigrated to New York state in the early 1900s. Sometimes whole villages of men emigrated to the USA. Some were not so lucky. One man told me that his Polish father was conscripted into the Austrian Army and was immediately transferred to Italy where he worked more like slave-labour in a dolomite mine for 4 years.

There is a very well-known Polish movie called 'CK Dezerterzy" ('His majesty's deserters') based on this period.
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nicoletterh 1 Dec 2012 4:03PM GMT 
patskistimas 3 Dec 2012 2:30AM GMT 
ZlaticaBeca 5 Dec 2012 1:47AM GMT 
patskistimas 5 Dec 2012 5:03PM GMT 
ZlaticaBeca 5 Dec 2012 5:35PM GMT 
kelownachris 21 Dec 2012 8:20AM GMT 
kfrazier1190 18 Jan 2013 8:49PM GMT 
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Chris Buda 20 Oct 2013 11:05PM GMT 
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