Benno Cohen

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Benno Cohen
Beno Cohen at Eichmann trial1961.jpg
Date of birth30 September 1894
Place of birthGermany
Year of aliyah1939
Date of death24 November 1975(1975-11-24) (aged 81)
Faction represented in Knesset
1961-1965Liberal Party
1965Independent Liberals

Benno Cohen (Hebrew: בנו כהן‎, 30 September 1894 – 24 November 1975) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for the Liberal Party and the Independent Liberals between 1961 and 1965.


Born in Germany, Cohen was amongst the leadership of the Blue-White youth movement. He studied at the University of Breslau, where he was a member of the Zionist Students Association, and was certified as a lawyer. He also served in the German Army during World War I.

During the 1920s he spent time in Mandatory Palestine working on plans for agricultural settlements.[1] Between 1933 and 1939 he served as general secretary of the German branch of the Zionist Movement.

In 1939, Cohen made aliyah to Palestine. He was amongst the founders of the New Aliyah Party, which later merged into the Progressive Party. He served as chairman of the Disciplinary Court for civil servants, and also worked as a lecturer at the School for Jurisprudence and Economics in Tel Aviv. In 1961, he was elected to the Knesset on the Liberal Party list (which had been formed by a merger of the Progressive Party and the General Zionists). In 1965, Cohen was amongst the group of former Progressive Party members that broke away to form the Independent Liberals, before losing his seat in elections later that year.

He died in 1975 at the age of 81.


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