Editor's Note: Jews who converted to Christianity while in the military could adopt the surname of their godfathers, assuming the latter gave their assent. See also Levanda #959.
On the notations in service record lists and on discharge orders for Jews in the military department, converted to Christianity, and allowing Jews turning to Christianity to take new surnames.
The Emperor, in accord with the legal position of the Committee of Ministers, on the 12th day of February
of this year, was pleased to imperially order: in service record lists and discharge orders for Jews in the
military departments, converted to Christianity, substitute the notations on his former religion with a designation
of the social class to which he belonged at enlistment in the military service, from the dissemination of
this regulation, and on being already in the service an officer in the lower ranks, arising from being Jewish and
converted to the Christian faith. Together with this, allow the Jews turning to Christianity to receive new surnames,
borrowing from the name of their godfathers, with the consent of these latter.
(V.P.S.Z. Vol. XL, No. 41,799).