By Steven Pressman
Usual american citizens.
Fifty blameless Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.
In early 1939, few american citizens have been pondering the darkening hurricane clouds over Europe. Nor did they've got a lot sympathy for the becoming variety of Jewish households that have been more and more threatened and brutalized by means of Adolf Hitler's guidelines in Germany and Austria.
But one traditional American couple made up our minds that whatever needed to be performed. regardless of overwhelming obstacles—both in Europe and within the United States—Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a daring and unparalleled determination to shuttle into Nazi Germany so as to shop a bunch of Jewish children.
Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied young children have been allowed into the us through the whole Holocaust, during which 1.5 million little ones perished. The fifty kids stored through the Krauses became out to be the only greatest crew of unaccompanied young ones delivered to America.
Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent ancient files, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving young ones, and illustrated with interval pictures, archival fabrics, and memorabilia, 50 teenagers is a outstanding story of private braveness and positive heroism that provides a clean, special perception right into a serious interval of background.
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He clothed him, gave him money, and ultimately sent him to Milan, Italy, to study voice. Because of this, our next vacation was to be in Italy. The three of us arrived in Milan and were met by Duno. As usual, my dad took his vacation in Bad Gastein or at some other spa. He claimed to be arthritic. We visited Milan for a bit, and seeing the cathedral was first on the list. Duno was denied entry, not because he was a Jew but because he was not wearing a jacket. I thought this was very funny. He lived here, and he should have known better.
10. Grado, 1926. for girls. I eventually overcame my humiliation, but I had a hard time forgiving my mother and Mimi. I was rather accident-prone at that age. One day I irked my sister a bit too much, and she kicked me right in the butt, sending me flying through a glass door. I was hopelessly stuck, my neck encompassed by sharp, broken glass. I kept my cool and did not move. When my father came home for lunch, I was rescued without suffering any physical damage. My throat was not severed; I was going to live.
It was a bidet. Her face was very red, and Duno never stopped laughing. It was a very boring vacation for me. Only one wonderful thing happened during our visit to Italy. I must mention it to explain the marvelous attitude of the Italian people. One evening the road company of the Scala of Milan Opera House set up across the lake in an ancient Roman coliseum to present Aida by Verdi. We were spellbound. The voices were great. The house was packed: women with infants nursing, men in their Sunday outfits.
50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman