Sam Kaufman was the only member of his family to survive imprisonment by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and a Jewish assistance group brought him to the U.S. as a 16-year-old orphan in the wake of World War II, he said.
His parents, brothers and sister all were murdered after the Germans invaded his hometown of Pruzhany, Poland (now in Belarus).
“I spent 3½ years in a concentration camp,” Kaufman, 84, said.
He will talk about his experiences as the 2014 Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance speaker April 29 at Beth El Synagogue in Margate.
Kaufman worked his way up from a laborer to running his own construction company in the Philadelphia area, he said. He now has homes in Pennsylvania and in Margate.
He decided to begin talking about his past after years of keeping it in the back of his mind, “when God gave me my grandchildren and they started learning about the Holocaust in school,” he said.
Although successful in business, Kaufman said, the true richness of his life is not in his finances but in his family.
“I never dreamed I would have my blessings. I have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter,” he said. “They are my life — the pinnacle of life.”
Kaufman was married to wife Elaine for 58 years, he said. She died about six years ago and was his partner in everything, he said.
Atlantic Cape alumna of year
Journalist and public relations professional Nannette LoBiondo Galloway, of Egg Harbor City, will be recognized as Alumna of the Year at the seventh annual Communication Awards at Atlantic Cape Community College on May 2 at the campus in Mays Landing, the college announced recently.
Elizabeth Volpe, of Seaville, a teacher at Middle Township High School, will be honored as a Faculty Pioneer. The first Alumni Pioneer Awards will go to Class of ’11’s Arielle Reamer, of Galloway Township, and ’12’s Madison Russ, of Ocean City.
Top student award winners include: Pat Campbell, of Dorothy, Briar Gibbons, of Egg Harbor City, Max Fineran, of Galloway Township, Richard Mead, of Dorothy, and Annabeth Gibson, of Cape May Court House. Sibling teams of winners include twin sisters Casey and Taylor Bailey, of Hammonton, and Annabeth and Jon Gibson, of Cape May Court House.
A reception starts at 6 p.m. at the Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. Contact assistant professor Keith Forrest, voted Faculty Member of the Year, at 609-343-4994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.