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To the Lithuanian and the Crimean communities we were considered an aberration. Yes, the Karaites of Galicia were different, but those differences are what defined us as a people. And by writing these articles I hope that I have preserved the spirit of the Galicz Karaites and kept their memories alive.

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The love for horses was an essential characteristic of the Karaite community in Galicia. This agricultural dependancy was an essential difference that defined the communities from their Rabbinate brethren and one which was duly noted by the Europeans when they established relations with the communities. Horses also meant that the cartage industry was also a defining industry that provided the Kararites with economic stability.

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According to the theories developed by Seraja Szapszal (1873-1961) the head of the Polish-Lithuanian Community between the two World Wars, said that the Karaites were not really Jews at all but instead Turko-Khazar nomadic proselytes. The evidence he used was falsified but it had its advantage to avoid Nazi persecution.

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Had it not been for the Galicz community, which was granted equal standing with the Christian citizens of the Hapsburg Empire, the similar privileges would never have been extended to the Russian communities by their Empress Catherine the Great who only did so after the personal request of the Hapsburg Emperor. Even so, the Russian communities never achieved the equal status that was bestowed on the Galicz community. And that as we that are historians, can say clearly, "is a fact."

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THe final chapter in this short series of articles looking at East meets West through historical documents and genetic fingerprints. Was the Prince of Mahoza the Glittering Man who was ancestor of Genghis Khan? How much of their Y chromosomes were a match? Are there pockets of unique populations within the Far East that shouldn't exist? What clues are found in Laos and Cambodia? This articles searches for answers to those questions.

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