Sydney Jonah was born in China, and
moved to the United States in the 1930s. In 1935, he married Ruth (Rudy) Cohen in Los
Angeles, California. The collection consists mainly of personal photographs belonging to
both the Jonah and Cohen families, which show some of Sydney's time in China, their life and
travels together as a married couple, and family photos sent to and collected by Sydney and
Ruth. Also included in the collection is a small amount of personal correspondence and
collected papers, most notably letters between Sydney and his family regarding a relative
living in Shanghai during the 1940s.
Sydney Jonah was born in China in 1910, to Ephraim and Gertrude Jonah. He attended the
Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Boys in Shanghai, and immigrated to the United States,
settling in San Francisco in the 1930s. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, and
became a naturalized US citizen in 1944.
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