Hungarian rabbi and author; born at Baja, Hungary, Sept. 21, 1841; grandson of the rabbi of that place, Götz Schwerin Kohn; educated at the gymnasium in his native city, and at the Jewish theological seminary and the University of Breslau. In 1866 he was called as rabbi to Budapest, where he was the first to introduce sermons in the Hungarian language. He was one of the founders and for a long time president of the Hungarian Literary Society. Since 1898 Kohn has lectured on homiletics in the rabbinical school at Budapest.
Kohn is a prolific writer. His published works include: "Der Prophet Elijah in der Legende," Breslau, 1863; "De Pentateucho Samaritano Ejusque cum Versionibus Antiquis Nexu," Leipsic, 1865; "Samaritanische Studien: Beiträge zur Samaritanischen Pentateuch-Uebersetzung und Lexicographie," Breslau, 1868; "Wie Haben Wir Unsere Emancipation Aufzufassen?" Pest, 1868; "Zsinagógai Szónoklatok," a collection of Hungarian sermons, Budapest, 1875; "Zur Sprache, Literatur, und Dogmatik der Samaritaner," Leipsic, 1875; "Die Hebräischen Handschriften des Ungarischen National-Museums zu Budapest" (Hungarian and German), Budapest, 1877; "Mordechai ben Hillel, Sein Leben, und Seine Schriften, Nebst 6 Bisher Unedirten Hebräischen Beilagen" (reprinted from "Monatsschrift"), Breslau, 1878; "Héber Kútforrások és Adatok Magyarország Történelméhez," on Hebrew sources and data of Hungarian history, Budapest, 1881; "A Zsidók Története Magyarországon," first part of a history of the Jews in Hungary, ib. 1884; "A Szombatosok, Történetük, Dogmatikájuk és Irodalmuk," on the history, dogmatics, and literature of the Sabbatarians, in Hungarian, ib. 1889; in German, Leipsic, 1894; "Kohn Schwerin Götz Bajai és Bácsmegyei Förabbi Elete és Korrajz," on the life and times of Götz Schwerin Kohn, Budapest, 1899.
Kohn edited with M. Kayserling "Die Ungarisch-Jüdische Wochenschrift," ib. 1871; he also wrote the articles on the Jews, their history and literature, in the Hungarian encyclopedia "Pallas." He has been a frequent contributor to the leading Hebrew, German, and Hungarian periodicals, and has also published various addresses delivered on special occasions, among them being: "Gedächtnisrede auf Dr. W. A. Meisel," ib. 1868; "Rede bei Enthüllung des Meisel-Denkmals," ib. 1868; "Was Haben die Jüngsten Vorgänge Innerhalb der Ungarischen Judenheit zu Bedeuten?" ib. 1870; "Die Beiden Gotteswege, Gedächtnisrede auf Dr. Z. Frankel," ib. 1875; funeral orations (in Hungarian) of Franz Deák, ib. 1876, and Crémieux, ib. 1880.
- Pallas Lex.