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Ben Cowan

Born:
28 Tishri 5661 (21 October 1900)
Died:
18 Adar 5737 (08 March 1977)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
COW2200
Other surname:
Krotozynsky / Cohen
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
28 Tishri 5661 (21 October 1900)
Place of birth:
Stepney

Death

Date of death:
18 Adar 5737 (08 March 1977)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Netanya, Israel

Places

Addresses

Family home:
104 Lolesworth Bldgs Thrawl Street, Commercial Street (1911)
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Changing name

The young Cohen boys saw the name Cowan on a shop front and decided that they liked it so adopted that and replaced Cohen.

Isn't this New York?

When the family left Poland, they were told they were going to New York but were offloaded in England and ended up in the East End

Father's career

Sam was a tailor in a factory and Esther sewed buttons and seams. Their sons told Sam to stop working in the factory for terrible wages and to stay home and make suits for the family, which he did.

Learning Hebrew

After school the boys would go see the Rabbi to learn Hebrew and the Rabbi used to carry a stick and would hit them with it if they misbehaved.

Family

Spouse

Rose Polchar "Rosa" (female)
Other surname / Maiden name:
Cowan

Children

Hannah Wittler (female)

Siblings

Isaac Cowan "Issy" (male)
Daniel Cowan "Dan" (male)
Harry Cowan (male)
Pauline Cowan "Polly" (female)

Parents

Father: Sam Krotozynsky (male)
Mother: Esther Sheltzer (female)

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