Theodore N. Kaufman

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Theodore N. Kaufman

Theodore Newman Kaufman (Sometimes known as Theodore Nathan Kaufman, born 1910 in Manhattan, died October 1980 in East Orange, New Jersey) was a Jew who published "Germany Must Perish!" in 1941, which called for the genocide of Germans.


Family Background

Theodore Kaufman was one of four sons born into a Jewish family that had recently emigrated from Germany to New York City. His father, Dr. Anton Kaufman (1883-1943), had been a reporter for the Berlin Morgenzeitung in Berlin, Germany before immigrating to the USA in 1905. Anton Kaufman was the publisher of the Newark Jewish Chronicle in the USA.

Theodore Kaufman's mother died in 1939. His three brothers were Herbert, Julian, and Leonard.[1]

Early Life and Career in Business

Kaufman traveled widely as a young man, as far away as the Sahara Desert and Algeria[2], which he spoke highly of in later interviews.

Eventually settling down in the business world, he was first "advertising man" and was published the New Jersey Legal Record. As of 1941, he ran a successful theater ticket agency in Newark, New Jersey[3].

Involvement in Politics

In 1939, Kaufmann was chairman of a shadowy group called the "American Federation for Peace"[4]. He was reportedly friends with Roosevelt speech writer Sam Rosenman[5]. The German press of the time misinterpreted this to mean Kaufman was an FDR adviser himself, which was not true.

Germany Must Perish

In late 1940, he began writing "Germany Must Perish", the booklet he is most known for. It was published in early 1941, and inspired anger in Germany.

The open call for genocide in the tract is neither metaphorical not sublle, as he makes very clear:

"Since the fang’s poison and its deadly power rests not in the body but in the war psyche of the Germans, one can ensure the prosperity and security of mankind only by finally extinguishing this soul and the rotten body that houses it, removing it finally from the world. There is no other choice: Germany must perish!" (--From "Germany Must Perish", by T.N. Kaufman)
"Not only must there be no more German wars in fact, there must not even remain the slightest possibility of one ever again occurring. A final halt to German aggression, not a temporary cessation, must be the goal of the present struggle... [Germany] must be prepared to pay a Total Penalty. And there is one, and only one, such Total Penalty: Germany must perish forever! In fact -- not in fancy." (--From "Germany Must Perish", by T.N. Kaufman)

On 26. September 1941 Kaufman said in an interview he gave to The Canadian Jewish Chronicle:[6]

"I believe, that the Jews have a mission in life. They must see to it that the nations of the world get together in one vast federation. 'Union Now' is the beginning of this. Slowly but surely the world will develop into a paradise. We will have perpetual peace. And the Jews will do the most to bring about this confederation, because they have the most to gain. But how can you get peace if Germany exists? The only way to win an eternal peace is to make the punishment of waging war more horrible than war itself. Human beings are penalized for murder, aren't they? Well, Germany starts all the wars of magnitude. Let us sterilize all Germans and wars of world domination will come to an end!"

Quote from Germany Must Perish

GERMANY MUST PERISH! By word of science, as the best means of ridding the human race of its misfits: the degenerate, the insane, the hereditary criminal. Sterilization is not to be confused with castration. It is a safe and simple Operation, quite harmless and painless, neither mutilating nor unsexing the patient. Its effects are most often Iess distressing than vaccination and no more serious than a tooth extraction. Too, the Operation is extremely rapid requiring no more than ten minutes to complete. The patient may resume his work immediately afterwards.
Even in the case of the female the Operation, though taking longer to perform, is as safe and simple.
Performed thousands of times, no records indicate cases of complication or death. When one realizes that such health measures as vaccination and serum treatments are considered as direct benefits to the community, certainly sterilization of the German people cannot but be considered a great health measure promoted by humanity to immunize itself forever against the virus of Germanism. The population of Germany, excluding conquered and annexed territories, is about 70,000,000, almost equally divided between male and female. To achieve the purpose of German extinction it would be necessary to only ...


  1. The Lewiston Daily Sun, page 9, January 2, 1943
  2. Time Magazine, Mar. 24, 1941
  3. Time Magazine, Mar. 24, 1941
  4. Introduction to "Perish", by Mark Weber, Institute For Historical Review
  5. Ingrid Rimland
  6. The Canadian Jewish Chronicle, 26. September 1941, Seite 6: Hitler will be nothing but a Rosebud (Google-News)

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