About the Author



      Born a little before Hitler�s ascent to power in Germany, Alex Kaufman remembers watching as a toddler, the celebratory nightly Brown-Shirt torch parades through the streets. The early decision of his parents to leave for then British-mandated Palestine was a matter of foresight devoid of any political agenda.

      Kaufman considers his early childhood and adolescence in Palestine as happy, interesting and fulfilling, despite periods of constant strife: the 1936-39 Arab "rebellion," 1939-1945 World War II, the 1945-1947 post-war underground resistance to the British and Israel�s War of Independence in 1948.





      Enamored with history and geography and an urge to write about it, he early on recognized the monumental events taking place around him.

      His first encounter with refugees from Europe�s killing fields was as a youngster, assisting illegal arrivals from rickety ships on the shores of Palestine. Later, during his army service in the War of Independence, new arrivals - camp veterans - were assigned to him and his unit, telling of their harrowing experiences.

      During that time, Kaufman started his editorial cartooning career in leading Israeli papers. His subjects were the folly of man, the vagaries of human nature and the every-day foibles of a state in the making.

      While living and working in the U.S., Kaufman emerged as a top-flight theme-exhibit designer and museum developer, work he has been engaged in since the late 1960�s.

      Kaufman is an avid researcher and commands four languages. He applies his penchant for research to his skills as a storyteller, digging into neglected and uncovered details about people and the events they create. He considers the period of World War II as the seminal event of his generation.

     Through a close family connection, Kaufman came upon a multi-version story that took place in Hungary in 1944, telling of a man called Kastner who saved thousands of lives, yet who was vilified by many and killed years later in Israel. Kaufman was impelled to investigate and tell the story. His book wades into a sea of controversy, reveals a myriad of unusual occurrences - not normally associated with the perception of events - and uncovers actions that reverberated throughout the world. To lay the story bare for all to see is what prompted Kaufman to write THE PRECIPICE OPTION.

      Kaufman lives in New York with his wife Suzanne. His son Daniel is a philosophy professor in Missouri and lives with his wife and young daughter in Springfield.


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