Joseph (Jo) I. Cohen
Pharmacist, 1912-2004, Groningen & Rotterdam
by Ruben Vis and Oded Peles with Mr. and Mrs. Joseph I. Cohen in Rotterdam, 1999. Mr. Peles is a descendant of J.L. Vleesschouwer, long time chazzan in Groningen. For Vleesschouwer a book was written (Kol Jehoedo, written by Stern in the 20ies of the 20th century) with a large collection of sheetmusic that Vleesschouwer composed or sang while chief cantor in Groningen. Mr. Cohen lived in Rotterdam but was from Groningen. The interviews centers around the memories of Mr. Cohen from Groningen and starts with his memories of chazzan Levi Rosenblatt, who officiated in Groningen. Levi Rosenblatt was the brother of the world famous cantor Jossele Rosenblatt. Cohen also recalls chazzan J.L. Lichtenstein who officiated after Rosenblatt in Groningen as well as the chazzan sheni and Jewish teacher M.B. Stern, who was a sofer (scribe) and wrote a Torah scroll as well as the aforementioned sheet music book. In the interview Cohen starts several tunes of Dutch nusach on various prayers.|
Mind some parts of the tapes contain recordings from other chazzanim.