Re: Trying to Make Sense of a Jewish Welfare Board, War Correspondence Entry #records
Max ELLMAN's passenger manifest is indexed under the name Mordke HILLMAN. You can see the manifest (both pages) on www.familysearch.org
The manifest has a surname crossed out (looks like "KELMAN"), and "HILLMAN" written in. The manifest states he left behind his wife, name looks like Ruchel KELMAN.
Town of last permanent residence and place of birth looks like Tarorovick (sp??)
He is going to his brother-in-law Spiegel or Siegel in Chicago.
Max's nat papers give his place of birth as Zinkow (Zin'kiv [Ukr]), not Minkovitz (Myn'kivtsi [Ukr]), although these two towns are only 16 miles apart.
I found this on Saratov, where his supposed child lived"
"During January 1915, with World War I dominating the Russian national agenda, Saratov became the destination for deportation convoys of ethnic Germans, Jews, Hungarians, Austrians and Slavs whose presence closer to the western front was perceived as a potential security risk to the state."
Have you found Max's wife's passenger manifest? That should contain some clues for you. Perhaps she left behind a child? Perhaps the child and the grandmother were evacuated to Saratov during WW1?
Hope this helps,