Ernest Kaufman tells his remarkable story as a holocaust survivor, a WWII survivor and local award winning chicken farmer, this Sunday September 17 at the Little Egg Harbor Meeting House located at 21 E. Main Street in Tuckerton.
This story, which has been presented by Ernest Kaufman with a focus on lessons learned from the holocaust, to numerous schools and community groups over the years, was published last year. From Fright to Fight to Farm is a memoir of three dramatic, life-changing chapters in one man’s life. It is an inspirational, three-part saga that follows his extraordinary life from Nazi Germany to life in America. As stated by Outskirts Press April 19, 2016:
“Kaufman’s journey begins in Germany, where he is expelled from school at age 15 because he is Jewish, shattering his dreams of becoming a veterinarian. At age 18 he finds himself a prisoner at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Fortunately, he is released from Concentration Camp because an American couple, complete strangers to him, offer to and sponsor him, enabling him to get a visa and immigrate to America. He endures a tearful farewell with his parents before leaving for Philadelphia, PA, not knowing whether he’ll ever see them again. When he enlists in the U.S. Army, it is with two goals in mind: to fight the Nazis and to track down his parents.
With his intelligence, courage and intimate knowledge of the German language and culture, Kaufman becomes a decorated war hero, taking part in the Invasion in Europe in 1944, where he is seriously wounded in combat. After returning to duty in 1946, he is stationed in Germany until he is reassigned stateside two years later.
Major Kaufman is retired from military service in 1951 because of his combat-incurred physical disability and begins a 35-year career as a poultry farmer, learning to competently cope with many of the challenges, disappointments and successes that are typical of a farm operation. The third section of From Fright to Fight to Farm chronicles the development of the author’s award-winning poultry farm in New Egypt, NJ, where he substitutes farming for his originally hoped for veterinary career.”
From Fright to Fight to Farm is available online through Outskirts Press at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore. It is sold through Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a maximum trade discount in quantities of 10 or more.
The presentation is free and the public is welcome to attend.