Paul d'Abrest

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Paul d'Abrest or Frédéric Kohn-Abrest , actually Friedrich Kohn , (born January 4, 1850 in Prague , † July 25, 1893 in Vöslau ) was an Austrian writer and journalist of Bohemian origin, of Jewish faith and of French nationality .


D'Abrest was born Friedrich Kohn in Prague and came to live with relatives in Paris at the age of ten. There he also completed his school days. In 1877, at the age of 27, he was granted French citizenship on application; henceforth he carried the name "Frédéric Kohn-Abrest".

In Paris and later in Vienna , d'Abrest worked as a correspondent for various newspapers and magazines. Most recently he worked in Vienna for Le Temps (Paris). His literary work was partly in German, partly in French. He published various publications together with his friend and colleague Victor Tissot .

In November 1877, d'Abrest married Fanni Sulzer , the daughter of the famous Viennese cantor Salomon Sulzer, in Vienna . D'Abrest has the merit of having discovered Heinrich Heine's unfinished memoirs in Paris and made them accessible to the literary world.

In an interview, d'Abrest once suggested that his pseudonym could well be interpreted as from Brest .

Paul d'Abrest died at the age of 43 on July 25, 1893 in Vöslau.


  • (as "Paul DʼAbrest"): Forays into the belligerents . In: The Gazebo . Issue 27–40, 1877 ( full text [ Wikisource ] - 10 parts).
  • Stories from the Paris Siege (1878)
  • Zig-Zags en Bulgarie (Guerre d'Orient - Campagne de 1877). Préface de M. Jules Claretie , Paris 1879
  • Vienne sous Francois Joseph I (1888)

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