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article imageLeah Kaufman tells her Holocaust story

By Amanda Byas     Aug 14, 2013 in World
Leah Kaufman, an orphaned child Holocaust survivor who went on to become an educator and author, captivated an audience of adult Jewish students Tuesday, with stories of a past filled with inhumanity, which resulted in her strengthened Jewish identity.
The lecture, held at the Jewel School, a Jewish learning program for women between the ages of 19 and 30, located in Ramat Eshkol – was attended by dozen of students, many whom alternately wept and cried during Kaufman’s tragic story.
Leah Kaufman was born in Romania and subsequently made aliya from Calgary in 1999. Kaufman is the co-author of Live! Remember! Tell the World! The Story of a Hidden Child Survivor of Transnistria, which paints a picture of her dystopian childhood as a young Romanian orphan during the Shoah.
Kaufman told the students:
“For 52 years I didn’t talk about my experience. I didn’t know much about the Holocaust – I knew about my Holocaust. But there are no words to tell what terrible things human beings are capable of doing.”
Kaufman was nine years old when Romanian Jews in her community were forced on a death march to Transnistria, located between the Dniester River and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine.
Kaufman told the students:
“We were thrown out of Romania in the most inhumane possible way. The night we fled was the last time I was with my family as a child. I saw the Nazis rape young girls in front of their parents and family and throw them away like garbage. If you were a baby born to a Jew, Hitler wanted you uprooted from the earth.“
Kaufman was the youngest of seven children. She was unable to speak of her childhood until 1995, when she said the claims made by Holocaust revisionists and deniers obligated her to come forward.
Kaufman told the students that when the revisionists and deniers came out of the woodworks and said that the Holocaust never happen; she had no choice, but to come out and defend what had happened to her, her family, and her community. She told the audience that those who died during that time was the lucky ones out of the bunch because it is much easier to die then have to live your life with that always on your mind.
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