Theodore Mandell Papers
 


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Theodore Mandell Papers

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Abstract:
Native of Detroit, Mich. and University of Michigan graduate who served as an interpreter with the United States Army in France and Germany during World War II. Collection includes correspondence, photographs, and biographical materials.

Biography:
Born on February 24, 1919 in Detroit, Mich. to Mandel and Dora [Kaplan] Liebovitz, Theodore Mandell legally changed his surname in 1946. He graduated from Detroit's Central High School in 1936 and received an A.B. in Speech and M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan in 1940 and 1941, respectively. Before his induction into the United States Army on February 8, 1943, Mandell was a teacher in the Detroit Public Schools. Fluent in French, German, and Yiddish he served as an interpreter in a U.S. Army infantry division and was deployed in France, Germany, and Central Europe. Following the surrender of Germany, Mandell worked with displaced persons in Wesermunde, ensuring that their rights were respected by German civilian police and helping to arrange transport home. He received his honorable discharge on January 10, 1946 and returned to Detroit where he married, raised a family, and continued to work as an educator, among other endeavors. Theodore Mandell died November 2, 1991.

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Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.

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