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Fashionable Young Ladies – The Langer and Stempler Families

The Stempler Family

Seymour/Salomon Stempler and his second wife Perl/Pearl Bernstein, lived in Drohobycz, where they had eight children. Six survived infancy: Henzia (1893), Feiwel (1895), Golda (1897), Lea (1899) Moses (1901), and Sara Gittel (1903).

Perl Stempler with her two sons, Feiwel and Moses.

These three fashionable young ladies are Perl Stempler's daughters: Henzia, Lea and Sara Gittel, although the portraits cannot be associated with the names.

The Langer Family

Around 1890, Moishe (Moritz/Morris) Leyzer Langer was born to Israel Leyb Langer and his wife, Rifke Laya Wilf. He served in Austrian Army in the First World War. Moritz Langer married Golda (Gussie), the second daughter of the Stempler family. In the early 1920's, he left Drohobycz for the United States with his cousin Nathan Beecher, his sponsor. Gussie remained behind for a while but followed him in October 1923 via the Red Star line out of Hamburg/Cherbourg to New York City arriving in Ellis Island in October 1923.

Above: Moritz Langer in uniform.

Morris and Goldie's wedding portrait

Moritz had brothers whose names are not known.

Above right: One brother as a soldier in World War I.

Below right: the other on his wedding day

Gussie and Morris had three children born in the United States: Seymour (1924-1927), Shirley (born 1927) married to Cyrus Ettinger, and Esther (1930-1992) married to Albert Green.

Morris died in 1958 and Gussie in 1980. Their families in Drohobycz all perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Morris, a furrier, lived in the Greenwich Village area. He worked in a number a fur salons, notably Sachs Fifth Avenue, where he made furs for Eleanor Roosevelt prior to moving to the Kings Highway/Gravesend section of Brooklyn where he opened Langer Furs.