LONG TIME PASSING:History of a Jewish Family

He came to America seeking freedom. He went to war to give it to others.

      Germany, 1934:. Dr. Hans Cohn sees a frightening future in a country run by Nazis.  With Hitler in power and anti-Semitism on the rise, the young Jewish physician and his fiancée Hilde flee to America. Out of money but full of hope, they leave leave New York City and at last find refuge in the growing arts mecca of Woodstock, N.Y. 

     As the world around them creeps closer to war, Hans and Hilde devote their energies to helping relatives escape almost certain death. But when the U.S. enters the conflict, Hans knows what he must do: enlist in the Army to fight for all those who couldn't make it out in time.  

     Told through photographs, Hans's own letters from the war, and recorded interviews with Hilde, Ruth C. Howard meticulously documents her family's extraordinary journey. Her story is a must-read for anyone seeking a detailed account of the complicated and compelling immigrant experience.  

     Long Time Passing: History of a Jewish Family​ is an inspirational tale of dedication and self-sacrifice. If you like real-life heroes, rich historical detail, and the triumph of the human spirit, you’ll love Ruth C. Howard’s fascinating family account.   




A poignant look at a fascinating family history. Being a part of the family, I am especially thankful to have this to look back on and know my ancestors in a way I never could. The well preserved memories, letters, and pictures truly make the story come alive.


This account of the family history is recorded with such care and detail. It is so exciting to look back on the lives of those who lived 100 years before us and see their decisions affect generation after generation. With this much information on the prologue of your own life, you can’t help but be changed by these multiple perspectives and how these people acted in times of dire need and crisis. A very compelling read.


 This story of a family is well written...not at all too "gushy"..but easy to see the love and respect the author has for her family and extended family. If you can relate to the challenges of immigrants coming to America in order to have the opportunilty to make a better life for themselves and their children you will enjoy this book. There is great sadness .. somewhat unique to the horrors brought on by Nazism..but also great joy in the stories of various family members who were fortunate enough to survive  


during the time period covered in this book ,you have to relate to Ruth's experiences..  I am very impressed with her parents fortitude and accomplish ments as immigrants from Germany who succeeded in their professional endeavors and gave their children opportunities as well. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK...you will not be disappointed. 


of my family  and Ruth's was briefly described in this well-written book. 

 I have enjoyed reading this book a lot. I discovered an intersection between my family and Ruth's that occurred at the chamber music concerts in the late 40's ...


 I am a family member who was somewhat familiar with the outline of events. This book is absolutely accurate. It was well-researched and filled in many of the details. The reader can feel him or herself in an East Prussian village even pre-WWI and then get a good sense of the immigrant experience. This book is suited to everyone from the scholar to the casual reader; all will benefit from Ruth's work.