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Leopold Kauffmann Kahn

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Oberschäffolsheim, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France
Death: November 1, 1938 (69)
Manila, Philippines
Place of Burial: Manila, Philippines
Immediate Family:

Son of Moïse Wolf Kahn and Julieta Kauffmann
Husband of Anacoreta Cortes Villarosa
Father of <private> Kahn; Raoul Evaristo (Raoul) Villarosa Kahn; Rene Kahn, Sr.; Louis Villarosa Kahn; Ernest Ignacio Villarosa Kahn and 4 others

Occupation: Businessman/Philanthropist/Jeweler
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About Leopold Kauffmann Kahn

- General Manager, La Estrella del Norte. -- brought in from France together with the Levy Brothers from Alsace, France as well. Left Alsace, France at the age of 18 (1889) for the Philippines.

- Identified in the book "The Builders of Philippines Commerce" as "the man who introduced into the islands the phonograph, cinematograph, bicycle and the French Automobile"

- Chevalier (Knight), French Legion D'honneur.

- Knight of the Order of Pius IX. (November 19, 1934)

- Resided at 1336 General Luna st., Paco, Manila (now the site of the Philippine Red Cross, Intramuros. 14.587809,120.975998)

- President of the French Chamber of Commerce, Manila.

Letter from Feb 25, 1935, in Time Magazine: You were wrong—but by a day only—when you stated under "Cardinal in Court" that Harold L. Stuart of Chicago was the second non-Catholic to have received the Pius IX Order [TIME, Nov. 19]. Stranger things than that happen in Manila:

On Nov. 18, Leopoldo Kahn, born an Alsatian Jew, now a French citizen and for 46 years a resident of these Islands, was given the Order of Pope Pius IX by Archbishop O'Doherty with all the appropriate ceremony. Don Leopoldo has always befriended the Church, aiding its charities and giving the country twelve good Catholic sons and daughters (by two wives, mestizas both of them). He was in close contact with the Vatican during the late War and is considered a great friend of Catholicism without ever having professed it as his religion.

Sincerely yours, in the interest of news—such as only TIME can give us exiles.


Manila, P. I.

Leopold Kauffman Kahn, together with the Levy brothers, came to the Philippines from Alsace in 1909 to found “La Estrella del Norte”, a jewelry store that expanded into a popular general merchandise store along Escolta.

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Leopold Kauffmann Kahn's Timeline

June 3, 1869
Oberschäffolsheim, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France
March 13, 1903
Age 33
Age 40
Escolta, Manila (current location: Gallery Bldg., Amorsolo st., Makati, Philippines
October 14, 1914
Age 45
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
October 23, 1916
Age 47
Age 51
August 24, 1927
Age 58
November 1, 1938
Age 69
Manila, Philippines
November 2, 1938
Age 69
Manila, Philippines