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Sami Rohr z”l was a passionate and voracious reader with a keen eye for good literature—particularly Jewish literature in all its forms. Raised in Berlin, he and his parents fled Germany shortly after Kristallnacht. Taking refuge in Belgium, France and Switzerland, he later moved to Colombia and subsequently to Florida. He built a thriving international business, yet always made time to read, learn and support worthy causes.

In 2006, in honor of Sami’s 80th birthday, his children, George, Evelyn and Lillian, found a way to salute two of Sami’s driving values--the importance of encouraging emerging talent and his love of Jewish literature--by establishing the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Sami Rohr passed away in 2012. The Prize, and the Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute, honor his extraordinary legacy.

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Sami Rohr cherished the opportunity to nurture young talent in many arenas. During his own illustrious business career, he opened doors to many young people in the early stages of their chosen professions.

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