Meet Joshua Kaufman

Joshua Kaufman was born February 20, 1928, in Debrecen, Hungary, as the third of four children in a deeply religious, Hassidic family. The son of a lumber businessman, Joshua survived the ghetto in Debrecen and then the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Poland. He was transferred to Dachau concentration camp in Germany, and spent the last months of the war as a slave laborer building an underground runway for an aircraft factory in Germany. Joshua was liberated by U.S. soldiers from a so-called death train on April 30, 1945. After regaining health and strength in a displaced persons camp in southern Germany, he decided to return to his home in Hungary. For a few years he lived in Debrecen, where he faced fierce postwar antisemitism. Joshua eventually fulfilled his dream to move to Israel. He lived there for 25 years and fought in the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973. As a tourist in the United States, he once took a road trip to Los Angeles, where he found the love of his life, Margaret, also a survivor from Hungary. They settled down and started a family. Joshua only recently decided to share his story of the Holocaust. He also testified as a witness in the trial against former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning in 2016. Joshua lives in Los Angeles, as do his four daughters and grandchildren. He still drives his work truck around the city, carrying out jobs as a licensed plumber.

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Joshua Kaufman's testimony was recorded in 2017