The Jews in the Russian empire were normally confined to the "Pale of Settlement", which was roughly the area known as "the Volhynia" in western Russia/Ukraine area. Julian Rosenfeld was granted a privelege not normally granted to Jews: a passport to visit Moscow and a license to buy and sell there. Once in his youth he travelled there with a waggonload of goods with a friend who was also a Jew and they arrived in the dark and could not stay in a hotel because they were Jews. So they had to wait until dawn when the shops and businesses would be open so they stayed awake all night watching the waggon. To avoid persecution they pretended to be drunkenand shouted military commands: the only Russian they knew.