After the October revolution in Russia in 1917, a shadow government was calling the shots. By it’s very nature a shadow government is suspect, don’t you think?
The people began to demand who was leading the country. The rumors on the street were that it was a bunch of Jews. “Why were there no Jews in the queues for bread? Were they hoarding food? Again?”
After a few months, the names were released, but they were pseudonyms, which further alarmed the people. “What are your real names?” they demanded. Now, revolutionaries often have several names, you know, to hide from the oppressive government they are planning to overthrow.
As it turns out, there were Jews in the shadow government, but there was also a Pole and a Lithuanian. What the heck? Two of the revolutionary Jews were Zinoviev, born Apfelbaum and Kamenev, born Rosenfeldt.
Rosenfeldt was a shock to me, since my uncle’s name was Rosenfeldt. Good grief, am I related to a Bolshevik? I found my surname (Czaja) in a concentration camp list-were my ancestors Jews who converted to Catholicism? I also found it in a list of nasty prison guards-good grief, were my ancestors Gestapo?
I like names of historical figures like Praise God Barebone, who served in Cromwell’s parliament. Hard to beat that one except perhaps by his brother, Fear God, to be topped only by their brother If Christ Had Not Died Thou Hadst Been Damned… Barebone.
Russians have great names. I always wanted to good enough like Boris Gudonov, modest like Modest Rubenstein, but I never wanted to be a Boris Hippo, who ironically had a water-related career as an administrator of the Black Sea Fleet.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s original family name was Milikovsky, but when he lived in the US he changed it to Ben Nitay. I guess he changed it back when he returned to Israel? But here’s something weird: While he lived in the US he used the social security number of one John Jay Sullivan!
John Jay was a Founding Father. And from Milikovsky to Sullivan? Wow, that’s a leap across the Grand Canyon, name-wise.
Geez, makes you think there’s a shadow government operating or something.