By Steven Pressman
Traditional american citizens.
Fifty blameless Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.
In early 1939, few american citizens have been wondering the darkening typhoon clouds over Europe. Nor did they've got a lot sympathy for the turning out to be variety of Jewish households that have been more and more threatened and brutalized through Adolf Hitler's regulations in Germany and Austria.
But one traditional American couple made up our minds that anything needed to be performed. regardless of overwhelming obstacles—both in Europe and within the United States—Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a daring and exceptional determination to shuttle into Nazi Germany so as to shop a gaggle of Jewish children.
Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied young ones have been allowed into the us in the course of the whole Holocaust, within which 1.5 million teenagers perished. The fifty teenagers stored through the Krauses grew to become out to be the one biggest staff of unaccompanied kids dropped at America.
Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent ancient files, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving young children, and illustrated with interval images, archival fabrics, and memorabilia, 50 kids is a striking story of private braveness and effective heroism that provides a clean, distinctive perception right into a serious interval of heritage.
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3. J. Chalasinski, Mtode pokolenie chlopow [The younger generation of peasants] vol. I (Warsaw 1938), introduction by Florian Znaniecki, p. xi. I. , New York 1974, 2 vols; abridged edition, Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1984). 4. (Editor's note) In 1968, the Communist government in Poland instigated an 'anti-Zionist' campaign, which resulted in the great majority of the Jews still remaining in Poland being deprived of their posts and forced to emigrate. 5. (Editor's note) Persons unfamiliar with the conventions of Polish-Jewish discourse may be surprised by the disjunction between 'Poles' and Jews'.
He might be human enough to let his eyes slide without recognition over your once-familiar face, and that meant: I don't know you, I don't want to know that you are here, and I won't tell anyone. But he could also be someone who would walk up to you and say, 'Come here, Yid', and hand you straight over to the Germans, or someone who would say, 'Pay me to hold my tongue' and then have the very shirt off your back. All of these things happened. And so there was fear everywhere. Adina Blady-Szwajger, Wspomnienia lekarki (A Doctor's Memoirs) On 28 September 1939 Warsaw capitulated.
50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman