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Lenin's Jewish Question$
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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300152104

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300152104.001.0001

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The Imperial Moshko

The Imperial Moshko

Chapter:
(p.28) II The Imperial Moshko
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Lenin's Jewish Question
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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300152104.003.0002

This chapter provides some background information about Moshko Blank. It explains that he was an Ashkenazic, Yiddish-speaking Jew born to a traditional Jewish family in the pre-partitioned Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In his life in Starokonstantinov, Blank was more interested in improving his town's morals that its appearance and he bombarded the town administration, the district authorities, and the provincial governor with proposals, appeals, notes, protests, allegations, claims, and denunciations. According to East European archives, Blank was registered as an urban dweller and worked as a middleman.

Keywords:   Moshko Blank, Yiddish-speaking Jew, morals, Starokonstantinov, urban dweller, middleman

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