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9th Holocaust Memorial Lecture

Wolf Kahn – artist and refugee from Nazi Germany

Wolf Kahn
"Growing Up Privileged, and Jewish, in Nazi Germany"

Delivered: Monday, September 18, 2006

The Cohen Center is proud to host American painter Wolf Kahn as its 2006 Holocaust Memorial Lecturer.

Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927, the son of musician and Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra conductor Emil Kahn and a mother who would die in a sanatorium when he was five. Sent to Frankfurt at three-years of age to live with his grandmother, he fled Nazi Germany in 1939—soon after the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 1938—to live as an eleven-year-old refugee in England.

In 1940 Kahn moved to the United States to join his father, two brothers, and a sister who had already settled in New York City. He became a student at New York’s High School of Music and Art.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Kahn used the G.I. Bill to study with the well-known teacher and abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann, becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. He later joined other former Hofmann students to form The Hansa, a cooperative gallery.

Kahn’s highly regarded landscapes are characterized as "pure constructions of color and light," evoking "a world of timeless beauty." Please join us for this ninth in our series of annual lectures.

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