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BLIND-COHEN, FERDINAND:

German student who made an attempt on the life of Prince Bismarck May 7, 1866, and on the following day committed suicide in prison. He was a stepson of the well-known radical Karl Blind, whose name he assumed. Blind-Cohen left a letter in which he stated that he had no accomplices. He declared Bismarck to be the worst enemy of German liberty, and expressed the hope that his own self-sacrifice might promote the welfare of Germany, as Orsini's attempt on the life of Napoleon III. had led to the liberation of Italy. Blind-Cohen was known as a young man of considerable talent. He spent the last few years of his life at an agricultural academy in Hohenheim, Württemberg. He was buried at the expense of his stepfather.

Bibliography:
  • The Times, London, May 16, 1866;
  • North American Review, Dec. 1889.
S. P. Wi.
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