Jan Kahan

Jan Kahan
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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Spain
    Country name today:
    Spain

This is a photo of Jan Kahan, my brother. This photo is from Spain, and it was taken in the 1940s.

Jan was my second-oldest brother; he was born in Mukachevo, in 1905. He lived in Mukachevo, survived the concentration camp, returned to Mukachevo and died there. During the war he was in several concentration camps, because he fought in Spain. He went there in 1938 as a volunteer. He was in a prison in France, there they helped him get home illegally to Mukachevo. It was like a miracle, you know, there was an underground movement there, too. He got home, but he wasn't there for even an hour or two, and right away they came for him. They took him away to a concentration camp in Hungary. From there he went to Auschwitz. So he went through a lot, but returned and stayed in Mukachevo, where he died sometime in the 1980s. After the war he was in charge of some quilted blanket factory, or something like that, as in Spain he'd been on the side of the Communists, and then the Russians were in Mukachevo, so they let him run the factory. Jan was married, but had no children. His wife was named Moni.

Interview details

Interviewee: Agi Sofferová
Interviewer:
Zuzana Strouhova
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2006
Znojmo, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Jan Kahan
Year of birth:
1905
City of birth:
Mukachevo
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
City of death:
Mukachevo
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Director of a quilted blanket factory

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