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50 children : one ordinary American couple's extraordinary rescue mission into the heart of Nazi Germany

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Call Number973.917 P93f
Statement of ResponsibilitySteven Pressman ; with an afterword by Paul Shapiro, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Creators & ContributorsPressman, Steven (author)
Shapiro, Paul A. (contributor)
Kraus, Eleanor (subject)
Kraus, Gilbert (subject)

In early 1939, America's rigid immigration laws made it virtually impossible for European Jews to seek safe haven in the United States. As deep-seated antisemitism and isolationism gripped much of the country, neither President Roosevelt nor Congress rallied to their aid. Yet one brave Jewish couple from Philadelphia refused to silently stand by. Risking their own safety, Gilbert Kraus, a successful lawyer, and his stylish wife, Eleanor, traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin to save fifty Jewish children. Steven Pressman brought the Kraus's rescue mission to life in his acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children. In this book, he expands upon the story related in the hour-long film, offering additional historical detail and context to offer a rich, full portrait of this ordinary couple and their extraordinary actions. Publisher

ContentsPart I : The plan
Part II : The rescue
Part III : New lives
  • The Fifty Children
Physical Description xiv, 296 pages, 16 unnumbered pagess of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Harper
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 267–280) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2015 by Margaret B.