|Given Name(s)||John (Jonas)|
|Place of Birth||‘s-Gravenhage (according to family records)|
|Date of Birth (Eng)||September 16, 1891 (according to family records)|
|Date of Birth (Heb)|
|Date of Death (Eng)||August 4, 1932|
|Date of Death (Heb)|
|Age at Death||36 (41, according to family records)|
|Spouse’s Name||Nura Ann Kanis née Rebroff|
|Father’s Name||Barend Kanis|
|Mother’s Name||Fina Eva Kanis née Canter|
|Title (e.g., Dr)|
|Religious Status (כ/ל/י)|
|Cause of Death||Suicide|
|Other Family Data||Daughter: Johanna/Joan (b. February 24, 1933, Shanghai)|
|Inscription (Eng)||IN MEMORY OF JOHN KANIS DIED 4TH AUGUST, 1932 AGED 36 YEARS.|
|Historical||Committed suicide at the Trocadero Hotel in Kowloon.
Joan was born six months after John committed suicide.
According to newspaper reports, Nura was the pianist in David Jacob Wolff’s (4D7) trio at the Gloucester Hotel. The trio debuted on June 1, 1935 but ended with Wolff’s suicide on July 30 that same year. It’s interesting that John committed suicide soon after he learned that his wife is pregnant with their first child while Wolff committed suicide just as his career was taking off, and the woman involved in both situations was Nura.
Nura married Florian Joseph Haas in Arizona on May 2, 1941. They were living in San Diego at the time but it seems they were living in Hollywood in 1943. Nura died on May 8, 1996 in San Diego. On the marriage certificate, Florian states his age as 37, meaning he was born around 1904. However, his WWII draft registration has his DOB as October 26, 1894, a 1940 ship’s manifest lists it as October 27, 1898, and his death certificate lists it as August 28, 1895.
John’s mother died in the Sobibor concentration camp on April 2, 1943.
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