Alexandru and Toma Kohn at a Sabbath service

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  • Photo taken in:
    Arad
    Year when photo was taken:
    2002
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

This photo was taken in the winter of 2002, shortly before the death of my brother Toma Kohn. He is the first from the left in the picture, the one who is holding a prayer book in his hand. The photo was taken during a Sabbath service on a Saturday morning. During the winter we don't meet in the synagogue because it's much too cold. Instead, we meet in a room in a retirement center in Arad. The photo was taken just before we were called to the Torah reading.

We have never celebrated any of the Christian holidays within the family, but we have always observed all of the Jewish traditions, even though my wife isn’t Jewish. As I was already 40 at the time of our marriage, I found it difficult to change my habits and wished to continue celebrating the Jewish holidays.

Concerning religious life, I do believe in God. This is somewhat of a problem for me, since I believe in Spinoza’s God. I want to know whom I believe in. Some things appear to me to be outdated, but in my soul I have a strong faith in God.

I am also somewhat involved in community life because I want Judaism to have continuity. I am strongly convinced that Bolshevists are part of a mafia organization that does no good for humanity. By its very definition it renders humanity rootless through atheism, and I would like to see the Jewish communities get rid of all communist habits. That’s why I have gotten involved.

Interview details

Interviewee: Alexandru Kohn
Interviewer:
Oana Aioanei
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2007
Arad, Romania

KEY PERSON

Alexandru Kohn
Jewish name:
Schmil Ben Iohanan HaKohen
Year of birth:
1932
City of birth:
Beliu
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Occupation
after WW II:
Technician

Other Person

Toma Kohn
Year of birth:
1936
City of birth:
Beliu
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Year of death:
2002
City of death:
Arad
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Mechanic engineer (designer)

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