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.

Update: See “He was extremely charismatic with a wonderfully clever and quick sense of humour.” Roz Van Zaig, Leonard Cohen’s Stepsister, Talks About Leonard, Esther, & Masha

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

Back row, from left to right: Harry Ostrow (Leonard’s stepfather), Freda Guttman, Roz Ostrow (Leonard’s stepsister), Eddie 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 []

Leonard Cohen On His Mother’s Reaction To His Career Choice

From left: Adam Cohen, his mother Suzanne Elrod, his father Leonard Cohen & Leonard’s mother Masha Cohen – Montreal 1972 . Posted Feb 13, 2014 by Adam Cohen at Leonard Cohen Facebook page

Was your mother disappointed because you did not choose a proper profession [rather than singer-songwriter]?

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Disappointed? She was in despair and convinced I could not survive in the world out there.quotedown2

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From Man Bleibt Ein Absoluter Anfaenger by Christoph Dallach and Marianne Wellershof. Der Spiegel: 10/1/2001 (40, 2001). Found & translated into English by Rike

6 Photos: Leonard Cohen & His Mother, Masha

From I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons

Courtesy of Leonard Cohen

 

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Leonard Cohen On Being Mothered

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I was in my mid-thirties and wanted to prove to my mother that she no longer needed to worry about me. So I invited her to a beautiful and expensive steakhouse in Montreal. We had a lovely evening, but when it was time to pay, my mother discreetly placed a bill on my knee under the table.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Man Bleibt Ein Absoluter Anfaenger by Christoph Dallach and Marianne Wellershof. Der Spiegel: 10/1/2001 (40, 2001). Found & translated into English by Rike

Note: Originally posted June 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Mother Advises Him: “Follow Your Own Little Heart”

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I felt very free to follow whatever direction I wanted and my mother, who was very generous and open,  just said, ‘follow your own little heart.’quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen: Exclusive JC Interview by Jenni Frazer (The Jewish Chronicle: July 19, 2007)