Gita Mira

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Gita Mira (Gittel) was born in 1871 in Telz Lithuania and died there in 1941. She married Barra (Beryl) Klotz (1862 – 1938) in 1892. They remained in Telz and had twelve children, nine who survived to adulthood:  Max, Shula, Victor, Ella, Tzvee, Yitzi, Yacov, Chone, and TaubeLeah. 

Gittel and Beryl operated a cattle ranch and a boarding house in Telz (primarily for the Yeshiva students). The journey of their children was a lengthy one:  Max  emigrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1911.  He changed his last name to Kohn and started the United Packing Plant, a meat packing operation he operated with a partner.  He also owned a cattle ranch. Max married Helen Levin and had two children:  Madeline (Tootsie) and Harvey.

Victor  came to Minneapolis in 1920 and married Rose Lazover. They had two daughters, Molly and Joan.  Victor was in the cattle business.

Ella emigrated to Minneapolis in 1924, married Hy Schwartz, and they had two children,

Sandra and Barry. Hy owned a furniture factory.

Another sister, Shula, and her husband Louis Kropman came to the Minneapolis area with their infant daughter Toby (1920-2004). Toby married Leo Bennett (1919 – 1998) in 1947 and their four children live in the United States.

TaubeLeah (Toby) the youngest child (1916 – 1981) stayed with her Parents in Telz until Gittel died. She had married one of the boarders in her Parent’s boarding house, Victor Mintz (1909 – 1998) an accountant from Warsaw. The day after Gittel died in 1941 Toby and Victor started their long and harrowing escape from the Nazis. You can read his account here. After the defeat of the Nazis, Toby and Victor and their 3 year old daughter Miriam (1945-1996) also moved to Minneapolis and joined Toby’s two older brothers and two older sisters. Originally Toby and Victor ran a grocery store, then ran a school supply business. Toby and Victor had three additional children who eventually married and live in the United States.

Gittel and Beryl’s other four sons, Tzvee, Yitzi, Yacov, and Chone remained in Lithuania and they and their families  were all killed by the Nazis.