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1134Kaufman, Jack (Jacob Israel)

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  • Sharon A. K
    Feb 24, 2012
      Looking for information on my late father, Jack Kaufman. He was born in March, 1897, or possibly a year earlier, in what was then Russia, but what is now Belarus. He probably lived in the Minsk gobernia. When he was still quite young -- I do not have an exact date -- he left the country, without his parents (Mother-Sarah, Father-Aaron) but possibly with siblings. While I met one older sibling who came to the U.S., I am not sure that she traveled at the same time that he did.

      My understanding is that my father's ship went to Canada, and that he lived there for a few years before coming to the U.S. He used to talk about Winnipeg, so he might have been living there. I'd love to know more about his voyage across the ocean -- what ship, when, etc. -- and about where he landed and lived.

      Some time later, he made his way to New York, but I don't know when or by what route. By 1920, he was living in New York -- I've seen the census reports. He was living with some people in Brooklyn, at one point. He described the couple with whom he was living as step-parents, although there is no indication that this was true. He was probably trying to keep the authorities from saying that too many unrelated people were living in the building.

      My father's World War One draft card showed that he was a conscientious objector, which was not unusual for young men who came to the U.S. to avoid being drafted into the Czar's army. A lot of these men became pacifists, or embraced the newly emerged doctrines of Socialism and Communism.

      I can follow my father's journey in the U.S., after that point, to some extent. I know that, at one point, he married a woman named Molly, but she died in childbirth. I'm not sure whether this was in the U.S. or Canada, and I don't know where she is buried; I'd like to know. Later, he married Mildred, and fathered a son, Arnold. I met Arnold, who became a doctor, married, had three children, and died of a heart attack in 1972, when he was in the midst of a divorce. My father and Mildred divorced, and my father subsequently married my mother, Goldie, in the early 1940s. I was born in 1945.

      If anyone has any information, I'd like to know it.

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