In July 1908 Mordechai Chulew (his name changes later in Munich to
Markus Blechner) marries Mina Schaffer. Both families come from Galicia,
part of Austria-Hungary, where they follow an orthodox Jewish life.
They are business people. Anti-Semitism and the difficult economic climate
in Galicia encourages many people to leave. Mordechai's parents, Pinkas
and Bluma have already spent a number of years in Germany.
Mina and Mordechai come to Munich to build a new life. With hard work
and imagination they achieve prosperity. Their sons grow up in Munich
and are educated there.
The Blechners are observant Jews and maintain family contacts in the
Galician homeland. Over three decades Munich becomes their new home.
So much so, that despite growing persecution and discrimination they
cling to it for a long time.