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Rabbi Hugo Hahn, Former Leader in German Reform Movement, Dies; Aged 74

The Rev. Dr. Hugo Hahn, founder and rabbi emeritus of Congregation Habonim in New York, died here yesterday at the age of 74. Dr. Hahn, a native of Tiengen, Germany, began his rabbinical career in Essen in 1921 and became a leader in Liberal Judaism and in the Jewish youth movement there. On Nov, 9, 1938, his synagogue in Essen was one of many destroyed by the Nazis, and Dr. Hahn and his wife and two daughters fled to the United States. Dr. Hahn was active in a number of rabbinical and other organizations, among them the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the New York Board of Rabbis, the Federation of Jews from Central Europe, and the Free Sons of Israel.