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From Cologne to Kenya

A car mechanic seeks safety in East Africa

“Distinguishing marks: none”

Cologne/Ol Kalou

Despite the restrictive immigration policy of the British colonial power, twenty-year-old Paul Egon Cahn, a car mechanic from Cologne, managed to flee to Kenya with the help of this passport. Paul’s sisters, Erika and Inge, reached safety in England and Australia respectively. The siblings’ parents, Siegfried and Regina Cahn, remained behind in Germany. In many cases, refugees not only had to cope with the loss of their homes and property and the separation from their relatives but were also forced to take on the challenges posed by foreign climate zones and cultures.



Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin


Paul Egon Cahn Collection, AR 25431


Box 1, folder 10


on the days before