Born Leon Kaganowicz in Eisiskes, Poland in 1925, Kahn grew up in a shtetl or village and fought with the partisans against the Nazis after his village was first occupied by the Russians. First the Nazis wouldn't allow his people to walk on the sidewalks; they could only walk in the gutters. Belongings were confiscated, yellow stars of David had to be worn. Most of his village's 5,000 people were eventually killed. At age 16, Kahn hid and watched rapes and the murders of children. He lived in the forest and gave his life meaning by fighting back. Both Russian and American forces detained Kahn at war's end until they could verify that he was not an enemy alien. He survived and immigrated to Vancouver in 1948, worked successfully in real estate, and died in 2003. His posthumous memoir is No Time To Mourn: The True Story of a Jewish Partisan Fighter (Ronsdale, 2004). This account was originally self-published in 1979 under his imprint of Laurelton Press. Kahn's memoir, written when he was a middle-aged businessman in Vancouver, is dedicated to his 24 close relatives (including his mother, father, sister, brother and grandmother) who were killed by the Nazis.

[BCBW 2004] "Jewish" "War"