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
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.
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.