Eugen Kohn in the army

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  • Photo taken in:
    Vac
    Year when photo was taken:
    1916
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Baskay Dezso

This is a photo of my father, Eugen Kohn, during his army service in Vac. The picture was taken in 1916.

My father, Eugen Kohn, was born on 14th August 1896 in Sebis. His mother tongue was Hungarian. My father completed four grades of school and two years of apprenticeship. He was enrolled in the army at the age of 17, in 1913. My father has told me that he fought at Monte Cassino, Italy during World War I with the Austrian-Hungarian Army. [Editor’s note: Monte Cassino was not a theater of operations during World War I, but rather World War II; the interviewee’s father more likely served at the Isonzo front.] Shortly thereafter he lived in Budapest with the army until the communist revolution of Bela Kun. I don’t know exactly when he came home to Romania, but he told me that the Romanian troops – for Romania was on the side of France and England – had entered Budapest and defeated the troops of Bela Kun. This enabled him to return to Romania.

Interview details

Interviewee: Alexandru Kohn
Interviewer:
Oana Aioanei
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2007
Arad, Romania

KEY PERSON

Eugen Kohn
Jewish name:
Iohanan Ben Schmil HaKohen
Year of birth:
1896
City of birth:
Sebis
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1982
City of death:
Arad
Country of death:
Romania (1945-1989)
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Shopkeeper
after WW II:
Shopkeeper

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