Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, this is the
astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish
children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939—the single largest group
of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States—for readers of
In the Garden of Beasts and A Train in Winter.
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 anti-Semitism 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’ 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.
Drawing from Eleanor Kraus’ unpublished memoir, rare
historical documents, and interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving
children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and
memorabilia, 50 Children is a remarkable tale of personal courage and
triumphant heroism that offers a fresh, unique insight into a critical period
of history. Download and start listening now!