Posted By:Phillip Applebaum
Subject:Re: Why would Jews move to Russia from the US in the 1870s?
Post Date:February 01, 2013 at 13:11:50
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You say your ancestors had a problem buying property, so my guess would that they moved Kharkov, Ukraine for business reasons. Under tsarist rule, business activities for Jews were tightly circumscribed (e.g., Jews could fell trees, but had to sell them as whole logs and could not have the logs cut into lumber). Nonetheless, Jewish business people found a way to work around the laws and still make a living. Also, the period in which your ancestors were active was before the infamous May Laws enacted in May 1882 which severely limited where Jews could live and what they could. In the case of your ancestors, I'm guessing that when the business deal fell through or the prospect didn't materialize, they came back to the USA.