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Athens, Georgia
June 2, 2004
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Herman Kosak was born in Vienna Austria. He was in his last year of high school when the Germans annexed Austria. The family moved to Belgium. Only he and his sister survived because they managed to get to the United States in 1947. In 1947 Herman was drafted into the United States army. He went to Japan for a year and then he came to Battle Creek, where he pursued a career as an artist and where both met and married. The Kosaks came to Athens, Georgia in 1969 where Herman taught in the School of Journalism. Katherine Brownell Kosak also became a professor in economics 1979 and taught at Wingate University outside Charlotte, North Carolina. They commuted until both retired. Briefly he also went to North Carolina and then both returned to Athens to retire in 1997. Katherine is not a Jew and has not converted. They have four children: David, Philip, Andree and Karen Kay. Andree, his daughter, owns Trump’s Catering. David, Kay and Andree have converted to Judaism. Katherine’s ancestors came to the United States in the mid 1600’s. They are related to the Benjamin Nye family of Sandwich, Massachusetts. One side of her family are Baptists and the other are Quakers. Herman’s family originally came from Poland; he had one great grandfather was a rabbi in Tarnow. He had a very Orthodox upbringing.

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Herman and Katherine Kosak - Oral History

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