Photo: Leonard Cohen At Family Wedding – 1956

In 1950, Masha, Leonard’s mother, married Harry Ostrow,a pharmacist, who was described by David Cohen, Leonard’s cousin, as “a very sweet, ineffectual man, a nice guy.”1 The relationship between Leonard and his stepfather was characterized as “pleasant but distant.”2 Shortly after the marriage, Harry Ostrow was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,3 a discovery that seemed to dishearten Masha, who had nursed Nathan, her first husband through his debilitating illnesses. By 1957, Harry and Masha had separated with Harry moving to Florida.

The above photo  was taken at the wedding of Roz Ostrow Van Zaig and Edie Van Zaig,

 

Back row, from left to right: Harry Ostrow (Leonard’s stepfather), Freda Guttman, Roz Ostrow (Leonard’s stepsister), Edie Van Zaig, Leonard Cohen, Victor Cohen (brother-in-law). Front row, from left to right: Masha Cohen Ostrow (Leonard’s mother ), Esther Cohen (Leonard’s sister)

Photo found at Various Positions by Ira Nadel. Originally posted Oct 12, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. I’m Your Man by Sylvie Simmons []
  2. I’m Your Man by Sylvie Simmons []
  3. Various Positions by Ira Nadel []