Jewish Germans

German lineage

"We were raised and brought up not as German Jews, but as Jewish Germans."

“I have a family tree that goes back to 1490, so we lived in Germany a—500 years my family, over 500 years. We were steeped in German culture, European culture: music, art, literature, Goethe, Schiller. Both of my grandparents and my father fought for Germany in World War One. My grandfather was a doctor; he was—became a first field-grade officer in the German army. Jewish. In World War One. My father was a front soldier in the front lines. We were raised and brought up not as German Jews, but as Jewish Germans. A big difference.”

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Herbert Kohn with his parents and brother in front of the family's apartment on Priest Strasse in Frankfurt, Germany, ca 1930.

Herbert Kohn with his parents and brother in front of the family's apartment on Priest Strasse in Frankfurt, Germany, ca 1930.

Source: Herbert Kohn View File Details Page

Julius Kohn (Herbert's grandfather) in his military uniform from World War I, ca 1918.

Julius Kohn (Herbert's grandfather) in his military uniform from World War I, ca 1918.

Source: Herbert Kohn Family Papers, William Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cuba Family Archives View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Herbert Kohn, “Jewish Germans,” Georgia Journeys, accessed July 21, 2017, http://georgiajourneys.kennesaw.edu/items/show/15.

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