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98-year-old Marthe Cohn tells Jewish Learning Centre audience of her experience as a spy behind German lines during WWII

Marthe Cohn with her husband, Lewis Cohn at the Jewish Learning Centre March 28/at right, Marthe in her 20s


There was a mood of heightened anticipation as more than 200 audience members filed into the auditorium of the Jewish Learning Centre Thursday evening, March 28. After all, how many times do you have the opportunity to hear a 98-year-old give a talk – and, to add even more drama to the evening: tell the story how she became a spy in Germany for the allies?

At age 89 - Mickey Hoch still volunteering to help Israeli army

Mickey Hoch

What would prompt an almost-90-year-old man to fly to Israel (at his own expense) and spend three weeks volunteering on an Israeli army base?
For Mickey Hoch volunteering for Sarel, which is an acronym of the Hebrew words meaning “service for Israel”, is something that he has been doing every two years for the past 15 years.

A look back at a great football team: the 1942 St. John's Tigers

Lou Bernstein surrounded by his grandsons in 2010 Front row, from left: Brayden Bernstein, Lou Bernstein, Matthew Bernstein and Jay Greenfeld Second row from left: Eli Goldenberg, Josh Greenfeld, Benji Goldenberg holding Lucas Goldenberg and Griffin Bernstein

Ed. note:
In July 2010 Harvey Rosen penned a column about the great St. John’s High School football teams of years past. That same year St. John’s was celebrating its 100th anniversary. In his column Harvey paid particular attention to Lou Bernstein. Lou passed away a couple of weeks ago, so we thought it appropriate to revisit that classic column of Harvey’s.

I might add that when I mentioned to Lou’s daughter, Roz Greenfeld, that I was planning on rerunning a column about her father and other members of the St. John’s Tigers football team, Roz told me that Lori Gilfix, whose father was also a member of the same team as Lou, actually had a picture of the 1942 St. John’s Tigers. We are reproducing that picture here. If you look closely at it, I’m sure you’ll recognize many names from the past.