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    Brief Narrative
    Machzor for Yom Kippur brought with Arthur Cohn when he escaped from Breslau, Germany, with his wife Johanna and 18 year old daughter Irma in May 1940. The appointment of Hitler as Chancellor in 1933 led to increasingly harsh persecution of the Jewish population. Arthur was out of town during the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 9-10, 1938, when the Gestapo searched his home and arrested the other Jewish males in the building. They told Johanna that Arthur could not leave the home when he returned. But when they searched the building again the next day, they did not search the Cohn's. Johanna's uncle, Dr. Leo Nast, had emigrated to the US in 1934. He sponsored the Cohn family's visa applications and they left for New York in May 1940.
    Machzor Ha - Schanah. 1.2.
    Series Title
    Festgebete der Israeliten : mit vollständigem, sorgfältig durchgesehenem Texte / neu übersetzt und erläutert von Dr. Michael Sachs
    publication/distribution:  1864
    publication: Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Irma Cohn Clemens
    Author: Michael Sachs
    Publisher: Louis Gerschel Verlag
    Printer: Julius Sittenfeld
    Michael Sachs was born on September 3, 1808, in Głogów, Poland. He studied in Germany and earned his doctorate at the University of Berlin in 1836. He was appointed as a rabbi in Prague, Austo-Hungary, that same year. Rabbi Sachs took a position as assistant rabbi in Berlin in 1844. Sachs was modern in some ways, integrating scholarship and preaching, using a choir during services, and giving sermons in German, but he was opposed to Reform Judaism. He contributed to a German translation of the Bible and completed a poetic German-language translation of the machzor that became largely popular. He died on January 31, 1864, in Berlin, Germany.

    Physical Details

    German Hebrew
    Object Type
    Judaism--Books (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    1-329 p. , 1-10 p. ; 1-307 p. , 11-23 p. ; 21 cm.
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The prayer book was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by Irma Cohn Clemens, the daughter of Arthur Cohn.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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