Romi Cohn
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Partisan activity marked in yellow as indicated by Romi Cohn
Romi Cohn was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia on March 10th 1929. He was only ten years old when Germany invaded his country in 1938. When mass deportations of Jews from Slovakia began in 1942, his family was granted an ‘economic exception’ and allowed to stay. As the war dragged on, however, they realized that their position was becoming dangerous. Romi was eventually smuggled over the border into Hungary.

Unable to speak Hungarian, Romi knew that merely opening his mouth exposed him as an illegal refugee. He settled in a small town and enrolled at a local yeshiva, where the
 
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Romi Cohn in Budapest, 1944
headmaster was sympathetic to his plight. He continued his education until 1944. When Hungary joined formally with the Axis and began mass deportations of Jews, Romi returned home to Czechoslovakia, this time carrying forged Christian identification papers. Romi became an informal member of the underground and used his connections to help find housing for Jewish refugees and to supply them with false Christian papers. The identity papers he made were very realistic: a connection working at Gestapo headquarters supplied him with German seals to stamp the documents.
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