The recent article about Mr. Kahn in the Huffington Post is good, but there are many, many other amazing and wonderful stories about his years in the army that are not in the article. While part of the Allied government, he founded the post war Jewish community in Bamberg, and as a native German speaker was a tremendous asset to the Jews and to the Allies.
One example of a story that didn't make it into the article- Mr. Kahn had the bad luck to be assigned to a unit that was entirely composed of Southerners- from Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and so forth. Picture a young man with a German accent, coming from New York, joining this cadre of rebels. He was immediately labeled a "Damn Yankee." But this was only until they found out he was a Jew. At that point, he became a Damn Yankee Jew." They did everything to make his life miserable, until he finally picked out the biggest one among them, who hated him more than any of the others, and told him, look, we're going to fight it out. So the other one put up his hands and began boxing. Mr. Kahn said, if we want to prove who's strongest, we really ought to wrestle, because that proves strength more than boxing. The guy said fine, I'll kill you either way. Mr. Kahn was an athlete who had a great deal of experience wrestling, and he soon had the man on the ground with his boot on his neck. He said, "Am I still a damn Yankee Jew?" The guy said, no, not any more you're not.
Here's the article, from the Huffington Post.
D-Day Veteran's Brother Was Holocaust's First Jewish Victim
Lothar Kahn's backstory has all the ingredients of a Hollywood movie -- the Jew from Nazi Germany who returns in the vanguard of war to face his sworn enemies on D-Day. proved it a marketable plot-line, but the reality is far more tragic, complex, and even unremarkable. But Kahn has, in fact, lived two of the most compelling narratives of the 20th century: the Holocaust and the D-Day invasion.