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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1936-1945

Creator:  Herbert Kohn Family

Summary/Abstract:  Herbert Kohn and his parents and brothers were Holocaust survivors who emigrated from Germany in 1939.  The Kohn family settled in Columbus, Georgia. The papers consist of Correspondence, 1940-1942, an Iron Cross certificate issued to Leo Kohn, 1936, and immigration documents, 1938-1942.

Quantity/Physical Description: .2 linear feet

Language(s):  German and English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 85, Herbert Kohn Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Arrangement: All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Born in Frankfurt am Main, Herbert Kohn was just six when the Nazis took control of Germany. He was soon kicked out of his school and sent to a segregated school. His father, Leo, made plans to emigrate from Germany in 1935, but was delayed due to immigration laws. Herbert subsequently lived through the boycott of Jewish stores and Kristallnacht.  His father was arrested and sent to Buchenwald. When a S.S. officer discovered a letter from President Hindenburg to Leo thanking him for his service in World War I and accompanying Iron Cross, he was released from the concentration camp.  Soon after, the family immigrated to the United States through England. On his 18th birthday, Herbert enlisted in the United States Army and fought in World War II. He served 26 years in the military and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After his service, Herbert became a CPA and CFO and CEO of a building company.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Herbert Kohn Family Papers will gain insight into immigration and Jewish life in Germany during the Nazi Period. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 American Red Cross – forms 1940-1942
2 Correspondence 1940-1942
3 Immigrant documents 1938-1942
4 Iron Cross certificate of Leo Kohn 1936
5 Program-Rosh Hashanah Services – United States Army, Kassel, Germany 1945
6 Program and swim pass (German) 1936-1937

 

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