How 50 Kids Were Saved From Hitler—by a US Couple
Meet Philly's Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2014 4:45 PM CDT
The cover of Steven Pressman's book, '50 Children.'   (Amazon.com)

(Newser) – They're a little like the American version of Oskar Schindler, but most probably haven't heard of Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus. Steven Pressman is out to change that with a new book called 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany, reports the Christian Science Monitor. (Pressman also made a documentary that aired on HBO.) The short version is that the Krauses lived in Philadelphia in 1939 and grew increasingly alarmed about reports of atrocities against Jews emerging from Europe. But unlike most, they decided to do something about it.

They sailed overseas, entered Nazi Germany despite the danger to Jews like themselves, and managed to secure the release of 50 Jewish children whose families wanted desperately for them to make it to the US. They escorted the kids back to America—having to overcome friction in their own country over immigration worries and anti-Semitism—and put them up in a summer camp in Collegeville, Pa., notes a review of the book at the San Jose Mercury News. All were either placed in American homes or eventually reunited with their own families. The reason the story is so unknown? Afterward, the Krauses never spoke of what they did, says Pressman. He found out only because his wife happens to be their granddaughter, and she obtained Eleanor Kraus' journal. He wrote about them previously at the Huffington Post, wondering, "What might have happened if a thousand more people acted like the Krauses in the late 1930s?"

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Concerned_Citizen
Jun 1, 2014 6:04 PM CDT
The time or the place of His coming does not matter, what matters if one is ready for his coming. "No one comes to the Father, except through me."
DarkFrancis
Jun 1, 2014 2:10 PM CDT
There's an increasing tendency by Newser to use the dash in a header as some kind of pause before a twist or a gag e.g. 'Man Drives to Store - In a Car Made of Feces'. It's a prompt for shock! horror! surprise! But I can't see how a US couple saving kids warrants the fake...'whoa, you think that's weird, wait until you read what's coming up after this dash!' horseshit. Maybe if it were 'How 50 Kids Were Saved From Hitler—by Hitler's Own Ass Cheeks!'
Ezekiel 25:17
May 31, 2014 11:46 PM CDT
Someone had to help the Jews because Jehovah surely wasn't going to do so. That's because they had denied his existence. Sure they do worship their own Yahweh but even he/she told them to wipe out present day Palestine and they failed to do so. Their punishment continues to this day for that blunder. But on the other side of the coin Jehovah does dish out Biblical scale vengeance on Muslims. Look at the amount of Muslims killed just in natural disasters. I cite Indonesia, Bam Iran, Russia, Myanmar, Kosovo, etc. Of course the US stopped ethnic cleansing in Kosovo but Muslims fail to ever remember that.