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Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus (center) pose with the fifty Austrian Jewish children they brought to the United States (cropped) - US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Liz Perle.
July 17, 2014

50 Children

“The new book, ’50 Children’ tells the remarkable story of two Philadelphia-area Jews who, at the dawn of World War II, went to extraordinary lengths fighting red tape on both sides of the Atlantic to save the lives of children on the brink of the Holocaust in Europe.” – Jordan Hoffman, Times of Israel

The book is the more detailed and expanded companion to the HBO documentary “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus”. You can read an interview with the author and documentary film-maker about the subject here: New book explores 50 children rescued from Nazis by US Jews | The Times of Israel


Speaker 1

What on earth would go through my grandparents’ mind to leave two children behind, leave the safety of their home and go into Nazi Germany.

Speaker 2

In the spring of 1939, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus traveled from Philadelphia into the heart of Germany.

Speaker 3

They understood that this was a matter of life and death.

Speaker 2

To save 50 Jewish children on the eve of the Holocaust.

Speaker 4

My father said, we may die here but she’s not going to die. She’s going to go and lead a life in America.

Speaker 3

They understood that when that door closed, fate of those Jewish communities was sealed.

Speaker 1

When it came to saving lives, he was going to go do something and it was right.


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