50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany

50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany

Steven Pressman


Based at the acclaimed HBO documentary, the unbelievable actual tale of ways one American couple transported fifty Jewish teenagers from Nazi-occupied Austria to the USA in 1939—the unmarried biggest team of unaccompanied refugee youngsters allowed into the United States—for readers of In the backyard of Beasts and A educate in Winter.

In early 1939, America's inflexible immigration legislation made it nearly very unlikely for eu Jews to hunt refuge within the usa. As deep-seated anti-Semitism and isolationism gripped a lot of the rustic, neither President Roosevelt nor Congress rallied to their aid.

Yet one courageous Jewish couple from Philadelphia refused to silently stand by way of. Risking their very own security, Gilbert Kraus, a winning attorney, and his trendy spouse, Eleanor, traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin to save lots of fifty Jewish young children. Steven Pressman introduced the Kraus's rescue undertaking to existence in his acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children. during this publication, he expands upon the tale similar within the hour-long movie, supplying extra ancient aspect and context to supply a wealthy, complete portrait of this traditional couple and their striking actions.

Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent old records, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving young ones, and illustrated with interval photos, archival fabrics, and memorabilia, 50 Children is a amazing story of private braveness and effective heroism that gives a clean, targeted perception right into a severe interval of history.

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