Cohn, Jan Abraham Jacob

Plot Location2H3
Given Name(s)Jan Abraham Jacob
Place of Birth 
Date of Birth (Eng)March 4, 1903
Date of Birth (Heb) 
Date of Death (Eng)March 5, 1973
Date of Death (Heb)Rosh Chodesh Adar II 5733
Age at Death70
Hebrew Nameיאן אברהם יעקב
Spouse’s NameLydia K. Cohn
Father’s Name 
Mother’s Name 
Other Surnames 
Marital Status 
Maiden Name 
Title (e.g., Dr)Dr.
Religious Status (כ/ל/י) 
Cause of Death 
Other Family DataChildren: David (b. September 9, 1924), Daniel (b. April 16, 1926), Aida, Maurice (Henry?) and Bessy
Inscription (Heb)פ׳ נ׳ המ דר׳ יאן אברהם יעקב כון נלב״ע ר״ח אדר ב התשל״ג יהיו ימיו ע׳ שנה תנצב״ה
Inscription (Other)“297” at base
HistoricalDr. Abraham J. Cohn is mentioned in Marvin Tokayer’s book, “The Fugu Plan”. According to the book, Cohn was born in Romania but raised in Nagasaki from age 6. He was apparently fluent in every aspect of Japanese culture. He was an award-winning master of haiku and a triple-black belt karate master. Again, according to the book, “Dr. Cohn owned a pharmaceutical business in Shanghai until the Communists took over. At first, the new regime denied him permission to leave, but in 1957, Cohn was allowed to emigrate to Hong Kong where he resumed his medical practice. The British, however, continued to be suspicious of his wartime contacts with the Japanese and refused his application for citizenship. He died, stateless, in 1972 [sic] in Hong Kong.”

Andreas Drescher wrote on 7 August 2014:
“I continued to find out about Dr. Cohn, living in Wuhan until 1937. Now it seems so, as if he could be Dr. Abraham Cohn, head of SACRA (Shanghai Ashkenazi Collaborating Relief Association) after he was arrested as spy in Wuhan and transferred to Hong Kong in January, 1938. … his children Daniel, David, Aida (from his first wife, a Japanese woman) and their younger children, Maurice and Bessy (from his second wife, a Russian woman).”

A Henry Cohn (b. January 1, 1929) departed Shanghai in 1949 with David and Daniel. Is he Maurice or was there another son?

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