Correspondence with Cohn, Ernst Joseph

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  • Reference
      GB 1556 3000/9/1/282
  • Dates of Creation
      02/06/1952 - 28/09/1961
  • Language of Material
      German English
  • Physical Description
      149 letters

Scope and Content

The correspondence documents the long-term and professional relation between the correspondents. It centres on the exchange of information material, work and restitution related enquiries on events or individuals related to the Nazi era, the discussion of current affairs, especially on politics and antisemitism in West Germany, and the publication of several articles by E. J. Cohn in the Library’s Bulletin.

Beside letters, the correspondence contains the transcript of a newspaper article as well the transcript of a speech given by German politician Franz Böhm on a radio show. Both concern the controversial dismissal of German restitution lawyer Otto Küster in 1954. Moreover, the correspondence includes copies of two export reports on an antisemitic book German Jurist Reinhart Maurach had published in 1939.

Administrative / Biographical History

Prof. Dr. Ernst Joseph Cohn (1904-1976) was a Jewish-German Jurist and scholar of German and British law. After being dismissed from university in 1933 he emigrated to Switzerland and later to England. He worked as a barrister, served in the British Army, and taught as professor at Birbeck College. In 1950s Cohn was appointed honorary professor in Frankfurt am Main, campaigned for the British section in the Jewish World Congress as well as the Leo Baeck College. See Röder, W. and H. Strauss (eds.),, Munich, Saur, 1983, p. 191.

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