Re: MANDEL's #belarus

Anna Rozina

Dear Shirley. Thank you for your response.

It is interesting to read about the fate of people named Mandel. After reading what you write, I try to meet the name Simon (Simcha) Mandel, (this is the father of my great-grandmother) because this is the only clue for me, in finding the branch of mandels that I am looking for. So far, I'm at the beginning of this path. It's not the first time I read that people named Mandel who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century moved to America, Canada, and Australia. So our family history says that all my great-grandmother's relatives left for these countries before her wedding. That's all, nothing else. There is hope for genetic analysis, which will help me in this issue. After reading the history of the city of Mir, I did not see any mention of it as Demir......Thank you again for your response.

 Anna (Sankt-Peterburg)

Понедельник, 9 марта 2020, 16:54 +03:00 от shirley@...:
Dear Anna [from Russia] and Susan & Neville [Vatican], and extended JewishGen family,

Here is a bit about my Mandel side:  Israel Mandel, born 1875, son of Aaron Mandel and Ruth Smokler [Rochel Shmukler], all of Mir, Minsk Gubernia.

My great aunt Hannah [Chashke] married Israel Mandel in 1898 in MIR, which is near NOVOGRUDOK.  Her maiden name was DeMatoff [Dalmatovsky ?].  They came to Chicago in 1904 ? with two children.  Subsequently she had several more children with Israel, who was a bakery truck driver.

Israel's obituary [1942, Chicago] mentioned 5 siblings, presumably also born in or near Mir [also called Demir, I think].  These were Esther, Fannie, Celia, Benjamin, Elsie.  Some of them lived in Chicago, others in New York.

While we are at it, Hannah's mother was Sarah [Tchirke] Epstein, possibly also from Mir.

Any connections? 
Can anyone clarify why Mir is also called Demir?  Is one an earlier name for the town?  Or a Yiddish inflected version of the Russian name?


С уважением,
Анна Розина

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