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Aaron Cohn Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 130

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Judge Aaron Cohn Family Papers will gain insight into Jewish service in the military during World War II. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Aaron Cohn was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1916 and educated in local public schools and graduated from Columbus High School in 1932. He graduated from the University of Georgia and the Lumpkin School of Law in 1938 and was admitted to the state bar the same year. Mr. Cohn volunteered in 1940 for military service, entering as Lieutenant. He was Combat Operations Officer of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry in General Patton’s Army in four major campaigns in Northern Europe, Central Europe, Ardennes and Rhineland and was decorated for the same. He was cited in 1978 by the City of Bettenbourg, Luxemburg for his service in the liberation of Luxemburg while with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Also, in 1982 he was honored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Commission as an official Liberator of the Concentration Camp at Ebensee, Austria in 1945. He left active duty in 1946 and resumed his law practice. He would later reire from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel after 27 years of active and inactive duty. Mr. Cohn was married on June 12, 1941 to Janet Ann Lilienthal and they had 3 children, Gail Cohn Gross, Leslie L. Cohn and Jane Kulbersh. Judge Cohn died on July 4, 2012 at the age of 96. He made such a large impact on the City of Columbus that the Muscogee County School District named a new middle school, located in the suburban town of Midland, in his memory when it opened the year after his death.


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Aaron Cohn was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1916. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1932 and The University of Georgia Law School in 1938. He practiced law in Columbus from 1938 until his enlistment in the United States Army in 1940. He participated in four major campaigns and helped to liberate the Ebensee Concentration Camp in 1945. Following his discharge he returned to Columbus and in 1965 he was appointed a judge of the Juvenile Court in Muscogee County. The collection consists of photocopies of newspaper articles relating to Judge Cohn's career and a transcript of an oral interview in which he recalls the liberation of Ebensee.


All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Physical Location

The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.


Additions to the collection were added in November, 2013.

Related Materials

RBRL/321/AC at Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to visual arts collection, objects removed to artifact collection, textiles removed to textile collection, and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Aaron Cohn Family Papers, Mss 130
Sandra Berman and Jeremy Katz
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States