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Grandson Of Holocaust Survivors Calculates The Improbability Of His Existence

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Courtesy of Arik Cohen
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Arik Cohen as a baby, with two of his four grandparents who survived the Holocaust.

Arik Cohen’s grandparents survived the Holocaust, all four of them.

The likelihood of that happening is astronomical -- and he has the calculations to prove it.

A self-professed geek, Cohen began looking at the history of his family to figure out the statistical odds of each person surviving and contributing to a grandson: himself.

Cohen’s crunching of the numbers also allowed him to look closer at four individual tales of survival against the odds.

Arik Cohen is a member of the Holocaust Center for Humanity's Speakers Bureau. Find out more here