50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple?s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany

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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 ...

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50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany

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Overview

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Drawing from Eleanor Kraus’ unpublished memoir, rare historical documents, and interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and memorabilia, 50 Children is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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483003542
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Pressman worked as a magazine and newspaper journalist for more than thirty years. He is the author of Outrageous Betrayal: The Dark Journey of Werner Erhard from Est to
Exile
, and the writer,
director, and producer of the documentary film 50 Children. He is married to former publishing executive Liz Perle, the granddaughter of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus.

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and award-winning narrator. He has twice won the prestigious Audie Award, for his 2011 narration of Gordon S. Wood’s Empire of Liberty
and for his narration in 2013 of Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint, and was an Audie finalist in 2009 for Buying In by Rob Walker. He is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects and has earned multiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco
Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. Fass has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac
Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, health, journalism, and business. He lives in New York City.

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