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John Kerry's Hungary Connection

Hungary's principal newspaper Népszabadság points out (in Hungarian, of course) that front-running Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is one-quarter Hungarian. His paternal grandfather was Fritz Kohn, from the Czech village of Horni Benesov, who later changed his name to Fredrick Kerry, and converted to Roman Catholicism from Judiasm when he moved to the US (the Boston Globe has that story). Kohn's wife was Budapest native Ida Löwe, who grew up in the then wealthy Jewish Lipótváros neighborhood that is now around Szabadság tér (where the U.S. embassy and Magyar TV station are).

Rick E. Bruner | East Euro Current News | Feb 24, 2004 | Comments (1)

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