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Date Span:  1941 - 2001

Creator:  Judge Aaron Cohn

Summary/Abstract:  Aaron Cohn was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1916.  He graduated from ColumbusHigh School in 1932 and The University of Georgia Law School in 1938.  He practiced law in Columbus from 1938 until his enlistment in the United States Army in 1940.  He participated in four major campaigns and helped to liberate the Ebensee Concentration Camp in 1945.  Following his discharge he returned to Columbus and in 1965 he was appointed a judge of the Juvenile Court in Muscogee County. The collection consists of photocopies of newspaper articles relating to Judge Cohn's career and a transcript of an oral interview in which he recalls the liberation of Ebensee.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.4 linear feet

Language(s):  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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 130, Judge Aaron Cohn Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Accruals: Additions to the collection were added in November, 2013.

Separated material: Photographs removed to visual arts collection, objects removed to artifact collection, textiles removed to textile collection, and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Related collections: RBRL/321/AC at Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Processed by: Sandra Berman and Jeremy Katz

Arrangement:  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Aaron Cohn was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1916 and educated in local public schools and graduated from Columbus High School in 1932.  He graduated from the University of Georgia and the Lumpkin School of Law in 1938 and was admitted to the state bar the same year.  Mr. Cohn volunteered in 1940 for military service, entering as Lieutenant.  He was Combat Operations Officer of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry in General Patton’s Army in four major campaigns in Northern Europe, Central Europe, Ardennes and Rhineland and was decorated for the same.  He was cited in 1978 by the City of Bettenbourg, Luxemburg for his service in the liberation of Luxemburg while with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.  Also, in 1982 he was honored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Commission as an official Liberator of the Concentration Camp at Ebensee, Austria in 1945.  He left active duty in 1946 and resumed his law practice.  He would later reire from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel after 27 years of active and inactive duty. Mr. Cohn was married on June 129, 1941 to Janet Ann Lilienthal and they have 3 children, Gail Cohn Gross, Leslie L. Cohn and Jane Kulbersch.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Judge Aaron Cohn Family Papers will gain insight into Jewish service in the military during World War II. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. 

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Address book Undated
  2 Biographical sketch of Aaron Cohn Undated
  3 Castle Heights Military Academy 1942
  4 Certificates 1980-2004
  5 Columbus High School 1932, 1942, 1965
  6 Confirmation certificate – Leslie H. Lilienthal Jr. 1939
  7 Correspondence 1932-1933, 1938
  8 Correspondence 1941
2 1 Correspondence Jan. 1942
  2 Correspondence Feb. 1942
  3 Correspondence Mar. 1942
  4 Correspondence Apr. 1942
  5 Correspondence May 1942
  6 Correspondence 1943-1945
3 1 Correspondence 1950-1959
  2 Correspondence 1960-1969
  3 Correspondence 1990-2005
  4 Correspondence Undated
  5 Death of Leslie H. Lilienthal Jr. 1944-1945
  6 Family History 2001
  7 Kaiser-Lilienthal, Inc. Undated
  8 Invitations 1941
  9 Letterhead – Judge Aaron Cohn Undated
  10 Marriage certificate of Leslie H. Lilienthal and Ruth Gump 1919
  11 Miscellaneous 1941, 1986, Undated
  12 Military records of Aaron Cohn 1944
4 1 Newspaper clippings 1950-2012
  2 Programs 1963-2004
  3 Ribbon from the flower bouquet at the wedding of Janet Ann and Aaron Cohn 1941
  4 Scrapbook 1941, Undated
  5 Scrapbook – Leslie H. Lilienthal Jr. 1938-1946h
  6 Transcript of Aaron Cohn’s role as a liberator of Ebensee concentration camp Undated
  7 Wedding place cards and well wishes 1941
  8 Wedding invitation for Rosa and Lewis Hamburger 1963


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