Anton Kaufman

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Anton Kaufman
Born 1883
Died January 1, 1943(1943-01-01) (aged 60)
Robert Treat Hotel
Newark, New Jersey
Cause of death
Suicide
Employer Newark Jewish Chronicle
Title Publisher
Spouse(s) Fannie Newman
Children Theodore Newman Kaufman, Herbert Kaufman, Julian Kaufman, and Leonard Kaufman

Anton Kaufman (1883 – January 1, 1943) was a reporter for the Berliner Morgen-Zeitung and later the publisher of the Detroit Daily Chronicle and the Newark Jewish Chronicle.[1] He was blind.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born in 1883, in Austria or Germany.[2] As a young man, he worked as a reporter for the Berliner Morgen-Zeitung. He immigrated to Detroit, Michigan in the United States in 1905. He met and married Fannie Newman in Detroit on March 14, 1909, and had four children: Theodore Newman Kaufman, Herbert Kaufman, Julian Kaufman, and Leonard Kaufman.[3] He became a citizen in 1910.[1]

He became the publisher of the Detroit Daily Chronicle in Detroit in 1914, and when that publication failed, he moved to Newark, New Jersey in 1921 and became the publisher of the Newark Jewish Chronicle.[1][3][4]

In 1934, he was arrested, along with his son, Theodore Newman Kaufman for the robbery of Sandor Alexander Balint, who had developed a process to speed the aging of wine.[5][6]

His wife died on February 16, 1939.[7] The lack of advertising revenue from World War II forced him into financial difficulty and he was forced to sell his own gravesite.[4] He took his own life on January 1, 1943 when he jumped from a window of his room at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.[1][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Dr. Kaufman Killed in Eight Story Fall. Newark's Blind Jewish Publisher was Once a Reporter in Berlin". Associated Press. January 2, 1943. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  2. ^ Kaufmans in the 1920 US census in Newark, New Jersey
  3. ^ a b "Mrs. Kaufman Services Today". Newark Sunday Call. February 19, 1939. Retrieved 2011-04-19. "... Mrs Kaufman was the wife of Anton Kaufman editor and publisher ... Mrs Kaufman leaves four sons Theodore Herbert Julian and Leonard." 
  4. ^ a b Alan M. Kraut and Deborah A. Kraut (2007). Covenant of Care: Newark Beth Israel and the Jewish Hospital in America. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3910-2. "Kaufman had come to Newark after his first paper, the Detroit Jewish Chronicle, had failed. A short man with poor eyesight, he rushed around the city selling advertising and conducting interviews, returning to his tiny office at 156 ..." 
  5. ^ "3 Essex Deputy Sheriffs and Publisher and Son Accused of Robbing Hungarian". New York Times. June 16, 1934. Retrieved 2011-04-19. "Five men, three of them court attendants at the Essex County Court House, were arrested today on charges of robbery preferred by Sandor Alexander Balint of Budapest, Hungary, in a dispute involving a supposed secret formula for maturing wines rapidly. ... Anton Kaufman, who is blind, was paroled, and his son was released in $2000 bail by Acting Judge Arthur Connelly in Police Court today for a hearing next ..." 
  6. ^ "Essex Deputy Sheriffs, Seized in Alleged Robbery, to Get a Hearing Friday". New York Times. June 17, 1934. Retrieved 2011-04-19. "Three deputy sheriffs were arraigned here today in the First Criminal Court before Acting Judge Arthur Connolly. They are charged with aiding in the alleged robbery of Sandor Alexander Balint of Budapest, Hungary, possessor of a formula for aging wine quickly. Balint previously had brought about the arrest of Anton Kaufman, publisher of the Jewish Chronicle, and his son, Theodore. charges he entered into a deal ..." 
  7. ^ "Mrs. Anton Kaufman". New York Times. February 17, 1939. "Mrs Kaufman who was 50 years old was the wife of Anton editor and ..." 
  8. ^ The newspapers called it a "fall" and not a suicide and say generously that he mistook the open window for the doorway. Of course you would have to step up and out of an open window, unless it was a rare walkout window, which would not be found in any hotel on an upper level floor. It was New Year's Eve and he was alone. His wife had died in 1939 and his four sons were now in the US Army. He had to sell his own grave to make money.
  9. ^ "Newark Publisher Is Killed In Fall. Anton Kaufman, Owner of Jewish Chronicle There, Plunges From Hotel Window". New York Times. January 2, 1943. Retrieved 2011-04-19. "Anton Kaufman, blind publisher of The Newark Jewish Chronicle and one of the most prominent leaders in Jewish affairs in New Jersey, lost his life early today in a fall from his eighth-floor room in the Robert Treat Hotel, here."