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Benjamin Bronstein was a native of Vilejka. During World War I he joined The Jewish Legion.


The Jewish Legion was a military formation of Jewish volunteers in World War I, who fought in the British Army for the liberation of Eretz Yisrael from Turkish rule. The idea was raised, on December 1914, by Vladimir Jabotinsky and was fully embraced by Yosef Trumpeldor. By the end of March 1915, 500 Jewish vounteers from among the yishuv deportees in Egypt had started training. British military command opposed the participation of Jewish volunteers on the Palestinian front and suggested the volunteers serve as a detachment for mule transport on some other sector of the Turkish front. Trumpeldor succeeded in forming the 650-strong Zion Mule Corps, of whom 562 were sent to the Gallipoli front. Meanwhile, Vladimir Jabotinsky pursued his project of a Jewish Legion for the Palestinian front. Finally, on August 1917, the formation of a Jewish regiment was officially announced.


The unit was designated as the 38th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. It included British volunteers, members of the former Zion Mule Corps and a large number of Russian Jews. On April 1918 it was joined by the 39th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, over 50% of whom were American volunteers. In June 1918, these battalions were sent to Palestine, where the volunteers fought {under the command of General Allenby} for the liberation of Eretz Yisrael from Turkish rule. The Jewish Legion was demobilized by the anti-Zionist British Military Administration, 1919-1920.

#brst-2: BERINSHTEIN, Moshe son of Leib 1912
#brst-3: BERNSHTEIN, Girsh son of Ork 1908

#brst-4:Sorke nee Bronstein with daughters.

My aunt Sorke (Sarah) nee Bronstein was married to Mendel Zavodnick and lived in Brooklyn, NY. She had 6 daughters and no sons. They tried but no luck. The daughter's names are: Jeannette, Adele, Rose, Beatrice, Ella and Tillie. I am married to Jeannette's daughter, Florence (another Fayge). I had a brother, Herman (another Chaim) and sister Floris (another Fayge).
I'll be happy to give you more info on the Bronstein's and the Zavodnicks if you'd like.
Sincerely.
Ken Bronstein

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From: sergio robinovich
Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 8:05 PM
Subject Bronstein Family
To: eilat gordin <egl.comments@gmail.com>

Hi, my family Bronstein was from Ekaterinoslav. My aunts say they were related to Trotsky. I have tracked the link and I concluded that the father of Trostky, David – was brother of my great-great grand father Benjamin.
I know that my great grand mother Clara was cousin of Trostky. On her gravestone is written Keila bat Biniamin …
So I want to know if anyone has the complete list of the David´s siblings and from which Bronstein family is the picture of the site http://www.eilatgordinlevitan.com/kurenets/k_pages/bronstein.html (BRST 5 to 10).
Thanks,
Sergio.

Leon Lev Davidovich Trotsky (Bronshtein)MP 

Birth:
November 7, 1879 
Yanovka, Russia
Death:
August 21, 1940 (60) 
Puesto Central de Socorro de la Cruz Verde, Mexico City, DF, Mexico (Assassinated)
Immediate Family:
Son of David Leontyevich Bronstein and Anna Lev Bronstein 
Husband of Natalia Sedova 
Ex-husband of Aleksandra Lvovna Sokolovskaya 
Father of Zinaida Volkova; Nina L'vovna Nevelson; Lev Sedov and Sergei Sedov 
Brother of Elizaveta Davidovna Bronstein;Aleksandr Davidovich Bronshtein; ????? ????????? ???????? and Clara Bronstein 

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From: sergio robinovich
Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 8:05 PM
Subject Bronstein Family
To: eilat gordin <egl.comments@gmail.com>

Hi, my family Bronstein was from Ekaterinoslav. My aunts say they were related to Trotsky. I have tracked the link and I concluded that the father of Trostky, David – was brother of my great-great grand father Benjamin.
I know that my great grand mother Clara was cousin of Trostky. On her gravestone is written Keila bat Biniamin …
So I want to know if anyone has the complete list of the David´s siblings and from which Bronstein family is the picture of the site http://www.eilatgordinlevitan.com/kurenets/k_pages/bronstein.html (BRST 5 to 10).
Thanks,
Sergio.

David Leontyevich Bronstein 

Birth:
1847 
Poltava, Poltavs'ka oblast, Ukraine
Death:
March 1922 (75) 
Moscow, gorod Moskva, Moscow, Russia (typhus)
Immediate Family:
Son of Leon Bronshtein and ?? ???????? ????????? 
Husband of Anna Lev Bronstein 
Father of Elizaveta Davidovna Bronstein; Aleksandr Davidovich Bronshtein; Leon Bronshtein (Lev Davidovich Trotsky); ????? ????????? ???????? and Clara Bronstein 
Brother of ????? ????????? and ????? ????????? 
Half brother of Grigory (Gersh) Bronshtein; Mikhail Bronshtein and Olga Bronshtein 

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Article on Trotsky appearing at Boise State University's http://www.idbsu.edu/surveyrc/Staff/jaynes/marxism/bios/trotsky.htm on June 26, 1998

                    Originally named Lev Davidovich Bronstein, Trotsky was born on November 7, 1879, in Kherson Province in Ukraine, the son of Russified Jews. He was educated in Odesa and in Mykolayiv and was a star pupil with enormous intellectual capabilities.

Trotsky's political involvement began in 1896 in a circle of Mykolayiv Populists, but he soon converted to Marxism. After a brief stay at Odessa University, he returned to Mykolayiv in 1897 to organize the Southern Russian Workers Union. For this he was arrested, jailed, and exiled.

He escaped from Siberian exile in 1902, fleeing to Europe and adopting the pseudonym Trotsky. Abroad he joined Lenin, L. Martov, Georgy Plekhanov, and other Russian Social-Democrats, who were publishing Iskra (The Spark). By vitue of his flair for polemic writing and oratorical brilliance, he quickly rose in the party.

At the party's Second Congress in 1903 Trotsky opposed Lenin and the Bolsheviks, siding with the Mensheviks. His characteristic independence, however, kept him from cementing any organizational ties. Alone of the major party leaders, he rushed back to Russia to be an active participant in the 1905 Revolution, where he gained practical experience as chairman of the Saint Petersburg Soviet of Workers Deputies. Jailed in December 1905 and later exiled to Siberia, Trotsky used his time to reconsider the paradoxes of revolution in backward Russia. He synthesized his thoughts in two books, 1905 and Results and Prospects.

Escaping from Siberia in 1907, Trotsky spent the next decade defending his ideas and engaging in émigré squabbling. The March Revolution of 1917 caught him by surprise in New York City, where he wrote for a Russian newspaper. Trotsky reached Russia in May, quickly assumed leadership of the independent left Social-Democratic Interdistrict Group, and joined the Petrograd (as St. Petersburg was renamed) Soviet. Within weeks, he had gained enormous popularity as the most eloquent agitator of the Soviet left. In July, after being courted by Lenin, he joined the Bolshevik party and was elected to its Central Committee.

As a Bolshevik, Trotsky was elected chairman of the Soviet in September. He sided with Lenin on the need to overthrow the provisional government and devoted all his energies to marshaling support for the armed uprising of the Bolsheviks. With Lenin in hiding, Trotsky was the general in charge, and he successfully directed the masses of workers and soldiers in the November revolution.

In the ensuing Soviet government Trotsky first became commissar of foreign affairs, negotiating a separate peace with Germany at Brest-Litovsk. Later, as a ruthlessly practical commissar of war, he is credited with creating, inspiring, and directing the Red Army that gained a great victory in the civil war and saved the Revolution.

Trotsky was second only to Lenin in the Politburo, and Lenin viewed him as exceptionally able. He backed Lenin's major policy innovations, but had his own plans for industrializing Russia. When a stroke removed Lenin from active politics in May 1922, Trotsky was not in a position to take over. Never particularly adept at party politics, he failed to outmaneuver the troika of Grigory Zinovyev, Lev Kamenev, and Stalin that took power. Although he put himself at the head of a loosely knit left opposition, Trotsky's polemic salvos were no match for Stalin's bureaucratic party machine. In 1925 his adversaries removed him from the Commissariat of War; in 1926 they expelled him from the Politburo; and in 1928 Stalin exiled him to Central Asia and in 1929 expelled him from the USSR.

From: broustine@aol.com <broustine@aol.com>

Hello
On website horodok (eilatgordinlevitan.com), there is a page about BRONSTEIN family
There is a boy middle of the photo, who is perhaps my grand father! (photo of bronstein family)
Have you others details about this family?
Have you the phone number of the person living in New York who's name is SORKE (photo on right of the page)
She said that she can help too.

Thank you if you can answer this mail

bernard broustine

From: Lisa Altshuler <lisa.altshuler@ucsb.edu>
Date: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 8:57 PM
Subject: Bronstein
To: egl.comments@gmail.com

Hello,

I have been helping my husband research his family and we have recently stumbled upon information that we were unaware of.  My husband's grandmother has on occasion mentioned that she has an uncle named Leon Trotsky.  My husband's grandmother was an only child, her birth name was Sarah Bronstein (changed to Sonia Myronoff), mother's name Rachil Bronstein.  Her father came to the US in 1922, his name was Boris Bronstein.  He changed his name in the US to Boris B. Myronoff, official in 1926, as well as the names of his wife and daughter.  He was a pianist and composer both in Russia and the US. Boris has a birthdate of Oct 3 or Oct 17, 1889. He lived in Brooklyn NY when he arrived in the US, possibly with a sister named Fannie.  He moved to Los Angeles where he lived the rest of his life, dying in 1976 in a car accident.   We are wondering if there is any additional information available on Boris or his possible relationship to Leon Trotsky?  My husbands Grandmother and great grandfather did not speak of their life in Russia often and diverted most conversations.  

Thanks for any information that you may have.

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Lisa C. Altshuler