Choose Life: A Documentary about Leah Kaufman

The miracle of survival, faith and the wisdom of a remarkable lady who knows how to live. (Adult discretion advised)

Leah Kaufman is the only survivor of her family of nine. Born in Hertsa, then Moldova, Leah’s childhood was ripped away from her by the evil Nazi regime. Forced out of their home, surviving a shooting squad, death marches and ghettos Leah’s life is one of miracles.

This Legacy Live production is a unique window into the life of a child Holocaust survivor who implores everyone to do as her mother asked, “Live, remember and tell the world,” to embrace their heritage and show others “the beauty of being a Jew”. Leah’s care and love for her family and all others, together with her desire to educate others is an inspiration to all who meet her. Leah’s unwavering faith and life messages empowers people again and again, with her first hand testimony.

After the war the UNRRA sent Leah to a family in Canada. After 50 years in the Montreal community, Leah made Aliyah and now lives in Beitar Illit, Israel. She has three sons, 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and continues to teach and pass on her message to others to “Choose Life”. This film is an insight into the brutality of the Holocaust, the miracle of survival, faith and the wisdom of a remarkable lady who knows how to live.

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Comments (21)

(21) Saadia Bendayan, June 10, 2020 6:48 PM

Iam just overwhelme with Leah Kaufman's message. She is incredible!!!!

Definitely, this video has had a big impact on me, she has given me a great inspiration to keep on giving classes to my students, and, most important of all, to make them feel proud of being jewish.
Thank you very much indeed!!!

(20) Pamela Hackner, August 11, 2019 4:03 PM

Most wonderful story of Faith , how people kept their faith, after seeing their family destroyed , and living through the most terrible times, Yet people today, do not botger to keep anything, turn away from Judaism, when these people faught so hard to keep Yiddish kit. She will have a wonderful life in Shamiyim when she is reunited with her dear family.

(19) Ellen, August 29, 2016 12:45 AM

You are so brave and spiritual.

I have never heard such a story. I am so proud of you for being so brave and honoring your family. God loves you and I do too. Your Mother was correct and so brave and honorable.

(18) Fernando Reyes, August 2, 2015 3:58 PM

Let us remember and never forget

Thank you Mrs. Leah Kaufman. Your message is one of hope and of how miracles occur on this earth.

It is pivatol to never forget the plight of the Jewish people; to never allow this to happen again.

It was nevertheless, human beings which inflicted (and enacted) so much evil and vile acts of inhumanity.

Let us remember to enact love, education, peace, kindness, tolerance and Torah unto the world.

May HaShem bless you with his Divine Light Mrs. Leah Kaufman.

Kindest Regards,

Fernando Reyes, M.Ed.Psy

(17) esther, July 27, 2015 3:54 AM

Chazak V'Ametz Kavei El Hashem

To an, Aishes Chayil Mrs. Kaufman.
Your message is so powerful and meaningful!
Yes indeed, millions of our fellow yiden died Al Kiddush Hashem.
However, Queen Kaufman - you area living example of how you are "Living Al Kiddush Hashem" by disseminating your message of Life, Hope, Faith and you Unshakeable Trust in Hashem.
May Hashem give you continued strength to spread your beautiful message to all Yidden. May Klal Yisroel zoche to rejoice in unison to greet our Ultimate Redemption with Mashiach Tzidkanu, Bimheira BeYamono!
Until 120, may you know only joy, good health and Yiddish nachas plenty...
esther gross

(16) Rachel, July 27, 2015 1:56 AM

Thank you Leah, thank you H-shem

Leah was my mother's name and she was very strong as well.
As I was listening to this story I couldn't help think of my family and how the HIAS helped us escape from Castro and immigrate to the US but nothing can compare to what our Jewish people went through the Holocaust, may all who perished not have perished in vain and we must not forget and we must not allow this to happen ever again!! Thank you Leah Kaufman for reminding us Thank Hashem for saving her!

(15) Anonymous, July 27, 2015 12:21 AM

Yasher Koach

Mrs. Kaufman, thank you for your bravery in sharing your life with others. A childhood filled with trauma, suffering, pain and evilness. To rise above it all and find the miracles, to move on, build a family and create a legacy of kindness and love is remarkable and truly inspirational. May Hashem grant you many years of good health and sweet happiness.

(14) Anonymous, July 26, 2015 9:37 PM

Thank You

Thank you, Leah Kaufman, for the example you provide. May G-d grant you the power to continue as the role model you have been for many years to come.

You have made me feel strong enough to continue with greater peace of mind to face my personal challenges.

Thank you to all those who have participated in the creation and distribution of this video.

(13) Denise, July 26, 2015 9:25 PM

An incredible film to watch for Tisha b'Av

Mrs. Kaufman's courage, faith and love are an inspiration. It's always good to be reminded of what real tragedy is, compared with our daily worries. Thank you for posting this.

(12) Rina, July 26, 2015 9:25 PM

No words

(11) T. Preis, July 26, 2015 9:08 PM

A must-see for our times

Thank you for sharing with us your unbelievable story of strength and yad Hashem. It's hard for us to relate to the horrors that took place, but your account took me with you... May you, Mrs. Kaufman only experience nachas, and may we see the geula very soon!

(10) Sylvia Majetich, July 26, 2015 8:13 PM

1life to live, much love to give.

This is not just a story, it is a testimony of love and grace. My mother-in-law told of how as a young girl she was late coming to dinner from the cornfields. When she entered the house, he table was laid with bows of soup but her family members had their tongues nailed to the table. They were Mennonites. She escaped into Siberia
From there she too came to Canada.
Thank you.

(9) Anonymous, July 26, 2015 7:42 PM


When i heared what the Jews went thought and what Lea saw and lived throught , I realise how easy it is to be a good Jew now days and how lucky we are to have everything we have. Very inspirational video that gave me strength to be a better Jew.

(8) Sharon, July 26, 2015 6:43 PM


Leah is one very special woman. Such strenght of character... such a beautiful neshama. I am so happy for her that she merited to have many descendants. And she knows how to use her experiences to teach others what it means to be a Jew.
May Hashem continue to bless her and her family.

(7) Anonymous, July 26, 2015 6:12 PM

Thank you

Thank you, for sharing your story,
to see a person whose gone through such tragedy
and has built a family
is truly inspiring.
Your love and care is the message you took from tragedy,
we need to learn from you, how to care for every Jew

(6) Anonymous, July 26, 2015 4:19 PM

My eyes and my heart are overflowing

Having just watched this incredibly moving video, I've stopped crying in order to write a comment, but cannot find words great enough for this wonderful, inspiring woman. Only H-shem can adequately reward Mrs. Kaufman for the emunah and bitachon she has, and transmits to us, after going through the Gehennom of World War Two. From their elevated place in Gan Eden, may her parents and siblings have great nachas from their daughter and all her wonderful family here on earth.

(5) Anonymous, July 26, 2015 3:16 PM

What a beautiful lady ! Hashem has chosen her for a special purpose. Am Yisroel Chai !

(4) Anonymous, July 26, 2015 12:55 PM

Thank you Rabbi Schiff. Phenomenal.........

Baruch Ata....................shelo oseyni goy.

(3) Anonymous, July 26, 2015 12:33 PM

There are no words, I have tears pouring down my cheeks.For a woman to go through all that suffering, and pain and to still act not only as a human being but as a righteous Jew is incredible.Mrs. Kaufman you are a walking kiddush Hashem.You have inspired me that whatever is going on in my personal life, or with the crazy world around us- I have to live as a Jew and help as many people that I can!May Hashem bentch you and all the other Holocaust survivors a thousandfold!

(2) Malya cohen, July 26, 2015 11:33 AM

Thank you

(1) Anonymous, July 26, 2015 3:38 AM

So very powerful

Just finished watching Leah Kaufman "Choose Life".
What an amazing lady. To go through such horrors and see and recognize, even as a young girl, Yad HaShem, shows such chochma and tzidkus.. Can't imagine how she is able to put her torment and horrific memories aside and lead such an amazing life. What an inspiration. May HaShem grant her many more years of koach, nechama and nachas


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