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Adolf Kraus

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Occupation  Lawyer
Religion  Jewish

Name  Adolf Kraus
Role  Lawyer
Adolf Kraus
Born  February 26, 1850 (1850-02-26) Blovice, Bohemia
Nationality  Austria-Hungary (birth) American (naturalized citizen)
Died  October 22, 1928, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Adolf Kraus (February 26, 1850 – October 22, 1928) was a lawyer and Jewish leader.

At the age of 15 he left the Bohemian town of Rokycany where he had grown up and emigrated to the United States. He worked on a farm and in a factory, later settling in Chicago where he completed his law studies before becoming a lawyer. In 1897 he was the second president of the civil service commission. He also became a grand officer of B'nai B'rith (president of Isaiah Temple in Chicago) and a prominent executive of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (nowadays the Union for Reform Judaism).

Kraus had close contacts to American presidents William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson. In his position he also helped Czech and Jewish immigrants to the USA. In 1930 a commemorative plaque of Adolf Kraus was unveiled in the town of Rokycany, on the house where he spent his childhood. However, in the 1940s, during the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany, the plaque was pulled down. The house (No.147 in Havlíčkova ulice Street) was demolished in the 1980s.


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