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John ‘Kohn’ Kerry

Will Kerry Search for His Roots in Israel?

John Kerry’s name today would have been John Kohn, or maybe Yonatan Kohn, if his great-grandfather had not converted to Catholicism, and assuming his parents would have survived the Holocaust.
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.)

Sec. of State John Kerry (D-Mass.)
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Newly-crowned Secretary of the Peace Process John Kerry, a great-grandson of a European Jew whose son converted to Catholicism, is to visit Israel later this month.

Egypt also is on his agenda, according to CNN.

Kerry sounds as if wants to out do Hillary Clinton, repeating last week the decade-old mantra that “time is running out for the two-state solution.”

If Kerry cannot find the pot at the end of the rainbow in Jerusalem and Ramallah, he might want to start from “go,” which in his case would be looking for his Jewish roots.

No one was surprised more than Kerry himself in 2004 when it was revealed to him that his great-grandfather was Jewish.

The new Secretary of State is a third generation “Irish Catholic,” but that is about as far it goes. His great-grandfather, a master brewer, was married to a nice Jewish girl. After her death, he married another nice Jewish girl, who moved from Moravia to Vienna after her husband passed away.

Their two son, Frederich (Fritz) and Otto found that the easiest way to fight anti-Semitism was to convert. Already having turned their back on their Jewish heritage, they dropped the name Kohn and “decided” on a new name by letting a pencil drop on a map. The Irish county of Kerry “won,” and that became the brothers’ family name. So much for their “Irish” roots.

Fred Kerry, two of whose nephews and nieces were part of the 6 million who were slaughtered in the Holocaust, married a Jew, who was John Kerry’s grandmother. She as well as their son also were baptized Catholics, the family moved to the United States and shed their Jewish roots.

For whatever reason, although his twisted path easily could be considered a contributing cause, Fritz, or Fred, committed suicide. Among his survivors were his six-year-old son Richard, who grew up as a good American and served in the U.S. Army and worked in the State Department.

Richard married into big money  – his wife inherited part of the Forbes fortune –  and his son John followed his path into the Army and public service.

The rest is modern history. John Kohn, that is Kerry, now is responsible for handling foreign policy.

However, “once a Jew always a Jew,” as many Holocaust victims and survivors discovered after trying to hide their Jewish identity or convert.

Just ask the HelpFreetheEarth website, which among other things, states, “Zionists are fanatical extremists who believe they have a god-given right to the “promised land” that stretches from the Nile to the Euphrates rivers as mentioned in the Judeo–Christian Bible.”

The website calls Kerry the “New Secretary Of Hate” who actually is a “German Jew pretending to be Irish Catholic.”

When he visits Israel, Kerry will undoubtedly visit the Holocaust Museum, a requisite for foreign dignitaries.

He won’t find a key to the Peace Process there, but maybe he will start thinking about his real roots.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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8 Responses to “Will Kerry Search for His Roots in Israel?”

  1. Edward Lobel says:

    John Kerry's his brother is a practicing Jew!

  2. I believe John Kerry's brother married a Jewish woman and "deconverted" back to Judaism.

  3. let us hope that at heart he is Jewish, as for roman catholics they worship their pope who kissed the Koran.

  4. Edward Lobel says:

    John told me his brother converted and is a practicing Jew.

  5. Edward Lobel says:

    problem with him is that when he learned about his history, he was already married and had children. I fully understand his staying at what he was. He obviously inherited a lot of his Jewishness as he is really a smart and thoughtful person!

  6. lurch Has to be in that Family tree some where.

  7. lurch Has to be in that Family tree some where.

  8. Maybe he IS smart, but the quoted comments to the students in Berlin sound at the worst, undiplomatic; at best, stupid. Am I misunderstanding? There are TWO Jewish ancestors? One may convert as much as one likes, but in most circles, one remains Jewish.

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