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Wednesday, Feb 05, 2003

county kohn

"For 15 years -- since 1988, four years after election to the US Senate -- Kerry knew his grandmother was Jewish. Since then, he ''sought to know the true story of his immigrant grandfather, Frederick A. Kerry,'' the Globe reports. As it turns out, Frederick A. Kerry was born Fritz Kohn, in a small town in the Czech Republic that was then was part of the Austrian empire. Kohn changed his name to Kerry around 1902 and emigrated to the United States in 1905. ''In 1921, Frederick Kerry went to the Copley Plaza Hotel, entered a washroom, and shot himself in the head,'' reports the Globe. ''It was front-page news.''"