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A SHORT SUMMARY
The book I wrote
not just another story of the
horrendous Holocaust but also rather a saga of hope and survival. Having
cheated death four times it is a memoir of perseverance filled with my
own philosophy of life, faith and humor which took me over four
continents from Germany, China, Australia, Israel and finally the United
States from tears through laughter including my fight to overcome throat
In the wake of the horrifying tragedy of
the six million Jews who perished during the Second World War, many Jews
lost faith in their precious heritage. As for me, the opposite is true.
It strengthened my religious belief in discovering new meaning by
overcoming deprivation and suffering to find a better life. The lesson
of the Shanghai Ghetto as a way station has become my saving grace to
never give up how dismal the future may appear.
“An inspiring story of persecution,
survival, adventure, courage, faith, and spirituality charmingly told by
an extraordinary human being.”
“Hans Cohn has given us a great gift, a remarkable personal saga of courage and commitment. Hans Cohn’s story is a living spark of inspiration that transcends the impact of the furious fires of Kristallnacht as well as the arsonist’s torch of his California synagogue. A Journey of oppression, hope and renewal, this book will never be forgotten by those who read it.”
— Lee S. Shulman, President, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Risen from the Ashes is one man’s memoir of hope and survival during the Holocaust. Having cheated death four times through perseverance, hope, faith, and humor, Hans Cohn vividly narrates his experience from the horrors of the past to spiritual renewal..
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From Chef to Cantor
Cantor Hans Cohn was born in 1926 in Berlin, Germany. In 1939, with the outbreak of the Second World War, his family fled to Shanghai where he remained until 1946. After coming to America in 1947, he attended Hebrew Union College-School of Sacred Music, where he received his Cantor’s degree. He studied voice with Alexander Kipnis at the Manhattan School of Music. He earned his Masters in Education from Stanford University. He served as the Cantor at Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City, California for 31 years until his retirement in 1994. In 2002, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Hebrew Union College. He resides in Palo Alto, California and is still an active member of his temple and community.