At about 44 minutes into the "Mishpacha Tape Helen and Esther" at YouTube, these cousins of my father-in-law tell the story about their Uncle Joe Handler and his wife Lena (Hollander) Handler (my father-in-law's parents). The statements from the cousins are in italics below, and my comments follow.
Joe was four years younger than his brother Sam. That's relatively accurate. I show Joe's birth date as 24 August 1884, and Sam's birth date as 27 December 1887, based on their draft cards, naturalization records, and in Joe's case, his marriage record from Hungary.
|Arthur and Lena|
Joe married in Europe to Lena Heller. This is partially correct: Joe did marry in Europe (they married in her hometown of Bonyhád, Hungary), but partially incorrect: Lena's maiden name is Hollander; It was Joe's older sister Rose who was married to Philip Heller.
Joe's and Lena's oldest two children, Arthur and Margaret were born in Europe. Their eldest child, Arthur Handler, was born in Europe. However, all records point to Margaret having been born in Akron, Ohio.
Joe arrived first in America and sent for his family. Helen and Esther's mother, Regina, and Regina's mother, Sarah, came over with Lena and Art. This is very clearly shown in the passenger list records, which can be found at one of my favorite blog posts here.
Their Uncle Joe (my husband's grandfather), was in the junk business and they don't know why he went from Cleveland to Akron. I believe Joe felt that there was opportunity for him and his family in Akron. Something I need to ask my in-laws (though the information may be in my interview notes).
|Family believed to be related to Lena (Hollander) Handler|
And the fact that she returned to America saved her life; the Hollander family who remained in Hungary died in the Holocaust.
These photographs were taken in Bonyhád, Hungary, and must have been treasured by Lena. Note that I have shared these photographs before. See Mother and Son, Hollanders, and The Photo Genealogist Looks at Hollanders in Hungary.