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refugee from Nazis

Ernest Joseph Goodman, 96 Feb. 26, 1925 – March 20, 2021

IN MEMORIAM

Ernest Joseph Goodman, 96

Feb. 26, 1925 – March 20, 2021

Ernest Joseph Goodman

ONEONTA – Ernest Goodman passed away from natural causes at the age of 96 at Cooperstown Center.

He was born Ernst Josef Guttmann in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), to Rose (Wagner) and Herbert Guttmann, and their large and thriving family.

In November 1939, at age 14, he became one of almost 10,000 German and Austrian Jewish and non-Aryan children rescued by the British government in what became known as the Kindertransport.  His older brother and only sibling Henry had gone before in the Spring of 1939.  Parents sent their children ranging from infancy to 17 years of age to the British Isles, for adoption or work, in a desperate attempt to save them from the Nazis.

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