Frida Hahn

Anthony Grant Granta at
Wed Apr 30 10:32:31 UTC 2008

Dear all:

A lot of Volga Germans who went from Russia to the US belonged to pacifist Protesant groups of a Pietist stamp such as the Mennonites and left Russia precisley because they didn't want to fight in the Tsar's ary because they felt war was intrinsically evil. If frida had come from such a family she certainly wouldn't have gone back to Germany in the late 1930s.   The name Hahn isn't specifically Jewish in German (it means rooster), in the way that many first names or surnames in German clue one into the user's religious heritage.  

As to German linguists working in the 20s and 30s on Oklahoma languages and going back to Germany, wasn't that the case with Gunter Wagner, who worked on Yuchi?  


>>> Rory M Larson <rlarson at> 04/29/08 5:02 pm >>>
Tom, Bob, Willem,

Thanks for your perspectives.  That clarifies the issue a lot.

I suppose "our" Frida's family might have been Volga German and still be 
Jewish, but it would be hard to connect the Lincoln Frida with a linguist 
from Germany who was later recalled to Germany.  On the other hand, as 
Willem points out, either the Lincoln Frida or a German Frieda might have 
gone to Germany voluntarily in the late 1930s to visit family or for other 
reasons, even if she was Jewish.  And again, Jewish or not, she might have 
died in the war for any number of reasons, not necessarily in a German 
concentration camp.

The possible connection with Code Talkers that Tom brings up is 
fascinating.  It would certainly be wonderful to find documentation of 
that in German archives.

If Frida was a student of Franz Boas, wouldn't there be academic records 
somewhere that would tell where she was from?


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