BD”E: Rabbi Avrohom (Romi) Hakohen Cohn, Z”l

Reb Avraham Cohn, z”l, delivering
the House Opening Prayer on Jan. 29, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. (Office of Rep. Max Rose)

Rabbi Avraham Hakohen (Romi) Cohn, z”l, a Holocaust survivor and longtime mohel, was niftar Tuesday at the age of 91.

Reb Avraham passed away from the coronavirus and did not leave behind any children.

Rabbi Cohn was born in Czechoslovakia in 1929. During the Holocaust, he joined a group of partisans, later chronicling his experiences in a memoir The Youngest Partisan: A Young Boy Who Fought the Nazis.

Rabbi Cohn, who had homes in Boro Park and Staten Island, was a prolific mohel. Many of his brisos were on Russian children and adults. He also wrote a sefer on hilchos milah, Bris Avraham HaKohen. He was a right-hand man to the Ribnitzer Rebbe, zy”a.

Rabbi Cohn also founded Keren Avraham Hakohen, which gave out scholarships to excelled talmidei chachamim in Eretz Yisrael, supporting them for several years as they delved into Shas, or halachah.

His brother is Harav Shlomo Kohn, Rav of Adass Yisrael in Melbourne, Australia.

Yehi zichro baruch.