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The Cantonists

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The Cantonists

During the time of the Tzemach Tzedek, Kronstadt was a fortified city near S. Petersburg. Among the soldiers stationed there were a number of “Cantonists” – young Jewish men kidnapped from their parents by the Czarist regime and conscripted for 25 years or more in the Russian army.
Lubavitcher Rebbe, Jewish History, R. Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch
The life and times of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866)