Death of Jerome Kohn, Outstanding Jewish Communal Leader, Mourned by U.j.a., J.D.C.

The death last night of Jerome Kohn, outstanding Jewish communal leader of Hartford, Conn., at the Democratic National convention in Philadelphia at the age of 48 was mourned here today by leaders of the United Jewish Appeal and the Joint Distribution Committee.

A statement issued by the U.J.A. over the signature of Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Dr. Israel Goldstein, William Rosenwald, and Dr. Jonah B. Wise–general and national chairmen of the drive, respectively–said that the “U.J.A. has learned with deep sorrow of the death of Jerome H. Kohn.

“In addition to his activities in local and civic affairs in Hartford, he gave unstintingly of his time and energy to the work of alleviating the distress of the survivors of Hitlerism in Europe and the resettling of homeless refugees in Palestine and other countries,” the statement added. At one time he served as national cochairman and as a member of the administrative and executive committees of the U.J.A.

In a statement released on behalf of the J.D.C., of whose board of directors Kohn had been a member, Edward M.M. Warburg, chairman, declared that the Jews of Europe lost “a great and outstanding friend” in the death of Mr. Kohn. “In a very Israel sense,” Warburg’s statement said, “numerous men, women and children are alive today, thanks to his remarkable humanitarian efforts.”

A founder of the Jewish Welfare Fund of Hartford, Kohn was president of the Jewish Center in his home town at the time of his death. He served as a member of the budget resolutions committee of the U.J.A. national meeting in 1948.

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