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Leo Kohut It is with the greatest of sorrows that we must inform the public that our beloved and admired father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, Leo Kohn (nom de guerre Kohut), passed away peacefully on November 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM, at the age of 96 years and seven months, in San Rafael, California. He died of unspecified causes. Leo was born on April 2, 1917 in Bratislava, now Slovakia. He survived the Nazi Concentration Camps, Sachsen-hausen and Horgau, and returned to marry Berta Berkovich (herself a Holocaust survivor). He received his PhD and post-graduate Candidate of Science degrees in Theory and History of Art from the Comenius and the Charles Universities in Bratislava and Prague, respectively. At 65, following the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia he left the country and while in exile, he completed his opus magnum, "Once There Was a Street Here" The book became a best-seller and has been recently released in its 3rd edition. It is being translated into English. His oeuvre includes 15 books, 4 theater plays, and many poems, essays and articles. Leo leaves behind two successful sons, one co-founded a student exchange organization, the other is a pharmacist. If there are three words to describe Leo they are: Courage, Integrity and Humanism. These three qualities guided his life in times of great adversity and in times of peace. A truly Great Man, whose wisdom and guidance we will try to duplicate and follow for the rest of our lives. There will be no funeral, but a celebration of Leo's life will take place on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM at 20 Forrest Court, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Donations in Leo's memory may be sent to the JFCS Holocaust Center at https:// ssl.charityweb.net/jfcs/
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Nov. 15, 2013
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