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Sidney Kaufman

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Kaufman, Sidney. b. April 8, 1914, NYC, Single; Seaman, CP April 1936, Received passport# 449767 on June 23, 1927 which listed his address as 314 East 11th Street, NYC; Alt.  Domicile 300 Paratnia Avenue (?), Jersey City, New Jersey; Sailed July 3, 1937 aboard the De Grasse; Arrived in Spain on July 24, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, British BN, runner; later served with the 4th Group, 35th Battery and remained with the unit after it switched over to an Anti-Tank battery attached to the 129th International Brigade; interred in a French Concentration Camp after the war.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, Mac-Paps, RA, ALBA 058 Sidney Kaufman Papers; ALBA AUDIO 058 Sidney Kaufman Audio Collection; Good Fight C, Harriman; Elizabeth C. Compa, “Sid Kaufman’s Odyssey Out of Spain,” The Volunteer, Volume 27, No. 2, June 2005, pp. 11-14.

 

Biography

Sidney Kaufman was born in 1914. He was a merchant seaman working out of New York when he decided to volunteer for the International Brigades in Spain. Arriving in Spain in July 1937, Kaufman served as a runner with the British battalion, spent several months in the 35th artillery battery, and was commissar of an anti-tank battery attached to the Slavic battalion [CXXIX IB] on the Aragon Front.

In January 1939, when most International Brigaders were making their way out of the country, Kaufman was trapped in Barcelona as Franco's forces prepared to enter the city. Kaufman spent the following three weeks traveling the countryside, searching for a means of escape. In February, he finally made it over the border into France, only to be held in a French detention camp for several days before being granted passage home. Kaufman later served in World War II transporting troops in the South Pacific. A lifelong member of the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union and the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Kaufman retired in 1979.- Biography courtesy of Tamiment Library, NYU. 

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