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KOHNER, MORITZ:

Founder of the Deutsch-Israelitische Gemeindebund; born at Neuern, Bohemia, April 4, 1818; died March 21, 1877. Destined for a mercantile career, he entered the business house of Samson D. Fleischl of Leipsic, with which he remained until he established a business of his own. In 1868 he was elected president of the Jewish community, and in 1874 he took his seat in the municipal council, being the first Jew to enter that body.

Kohner's interest in Judaism induced him to found in 1869 the Deutsch-Israelitische Gemeindebund, which he directed as president until his death.

Bibliography:
  • Allg. Zeit. des Jud. xli. 240;
  • Mittheilungen vom Deutsch-Israelitischen Gemeindebund, No. 4, pp. 7 et seq.
S. M. K.
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