Simon Freeman was born "Shimen-Leib Freiman", in Kovad in Lithuania, in March 1862. The son of Nathan and Rebecca Freiman.
Lithuania was part of the Russian Empire, so like many other young Jewish boys Shimen-Leib received call-up papers for compulsory military service in the Russian army in 1879, when he was 17. Young Jewish soldiers were treated appallingly in the Russia Army, and a call-up often felt like (and indeed turned out to be) a death sentence.
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Creators: Carol Seigel