50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary by Steven Pressman

By Steven Pressman

Traditional 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 usual American couple determined 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 exceptional selection to commute into Nazi Germany so one can store a gaggle of Jewish children.

Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied childrens have been allowed into the U.S. through the whole Holocaust, during which 1.5 million young children perished. The fifty young children kept via the Krauses became out to be the one greatest staff of unaccompanied youngsters dropped at America.

Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent ancient records, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving childrens, and illustrated with interval pictures, archival fabrics, and memorabilia, 50 teenagers is a impressive story of private braveness and effective heroism that provides a clean, exact perception right into a severe interval of heritage.

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D: Of course. We were a section. P: Didn’t you feel some guilt that you were receiving bonuses for their labour and that they received nothing? D: Why should I? There was nothing I could do about it. If the Jews did not receive pay for their work, that was their problem. If they did not work hard, then it was our problem, because our bonuses would be less. We were all concerned about work…for different reasons. You asked if I felt guilty… My answer is no. It was not my fault that they were there.

As a political scientist, I have a different view: the bureaucrat drives the wheel—without him, it would not turn. And who were these drivers? ’9 In conclusion, we listen to Walter Stier, former head of the Reich Railway Department 33 as he is interviewed by Claude Lanzmann for the film Shoah. When asked, if he knew that Treblinka meant extermination, he responds: Of course not… How could we know? I never went to Treblinka. 10 Stier condemns himself and the entire Nazi bureaucrat system, for to be a bureaucrat meant following orders with unquestioning loyalty and very likely included the task of writing a memorandum like the one we’ve studied, with its horrifying and yet all too common euphemisms of death.

Now lest it seem to You that You will succeed by these tribulations to drive me from the right path, I notify You, my God and the God of my fathers, that it will not avail You in the least!

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