From Fright to Fight to Farm: A Journey of Survival by Ernest Kaufman

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At age 18, Ernest Kaufman was incarcerated at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. In 1939 he was fortunate to be able to immigrate into the United States, and in December 1941 he volunteered for military service in the US Army. After graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1943, he took part in the Invasion in Europe in 1944, where he was seriously wounded in combat in 1945.

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This author’s “Journey of Survival” began in Germany, where he was expelled from school at age 15 because he was Jewish, shattering his dreams of becoming a veterinarian, and where, for the same reason, at age 18 he was incarcerated at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. In 1939 he was fortunate to be able to immigrate into the United States, and in December 1941 he volunteered for military service in the US Army. After graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1943, he took part in the Invasion in Europe in 1944, where he was seriously wounded in combat in 1945. Returning to duty in 1946, he was stationed in Germany until he was reassigned stateside two years later. Having attained the rank of major, he was retired from military service in 1951 because of his combat incurred physical disability. He then began 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. In retirement he remains active, speaking at schools and diverse organizations about the lessons the Holocaust has taught us, lessons which no one should ever forget.