Frank Cohn was nine years old when his favorite teacher began wearing a Nazi uniform, classmates sang Nazi songs, and he was chased by a gang of Hitler Youth. Frank outran them. It was 1934 in Germany. Frank’s father went to New York City to secure an affidavit and the family reunited there on October 30, 1938—ten days before Germany’s night of nation-wide violence known as Kristallnacht. “The timing of our escape was indeed a miracle,” said Frank.
After the US entered World War II, Frank was drafted, sworn in as an American citizen, and served in an Intelligence unit after the Army learned he could speak German.
Frank Cohn, Holocaust Survivor and Museum Volunteer
Bill Benson, Journalist and Host, First Person: Conversations with Holocaust Survivors
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