Welcome to the home page of the Rein-Edelstein Family. The choice of background picture is that of Mendel Rein (1849-1924), our mother's as-yet earliest recorded maternal ancestor. Mendel married twice, his first wife, Breine Fund [aka Brana Funt] producing nine children - 4 sons and 5 daughters - and his second, Chane Wallek [aka Chana Walik/Wallik], another nine. Sadly, many of both sets of children were either still born or died within their first year of life. Mendel was born in Kolomyja (aka Kolomyya, Kolomea), Galicia (now Ukraine), as was his first child, Rosa Rein and grand-daughter Anna [Chane] Edelstein.
My brother Charlie Roberts and I are the sons of Rosa's third child, Henrietta [Jetti] Edelstein. Statistically, following after Rein as longest surviving name is that of Kowler, brought into the family by the marriage of Heinrich [Henry] Kowler to Lea [Sosche] Rein, Mendel's fourth, but first to survive, child with Chane Wallek.
Other family statistics are the 35 years span covered by Mendel's 18 children, four of whom were born after his first grandchild; four of his grandchildren on the scene before his youngest child, Alfred, arrived; all surviving descendants from his first marriage remained in Europe, while those from his second now reside in the U.S.
Another interesting fact surrounds our mother's earliest recorded paternal ancestor, Arie Edelstein, whose elder son Osias Edelstein married Rosa Rein. Arie had three children for whom we have been able to establish identity. One of these was his younger son, Hermannn Linder. The reason for Hermann not sharing the same Edelstein surname as his elder brother Osias was because in Galicia at that time, if births were not registered with the civil authorities then only the maternal surname was recognised by the authorities. As Osias was the older brother it is believed he carried the paternal surname Edelstein whereas the younger Hermann carried the maternal surname of Linder.
Whether descended from Mendel Rein or Arie Edelstein, pages on this site are tagged The Rein-Edelstein-Linder Family, as a memorial to bearers of those names who perished in the Holocaust. Tribute is paid to them in the special Holocaust section still under construction.
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