Every year, the Museum marks Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, by honoring the lives of survivors and those who were lost. We also never forget those who risked their lives to save Jews.
This week, as we prepare for our Holocaust commemorations, we're especially honored to share the story of Gil and Eleanor Kraus, a Philadelphia lawyer and his wife who risked everything by traveling into Nazi Germany to save innocent lives.
Based on his acclaimed HBO documentary, Steven Pressman’s new book,
50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany, tells the astonishing story of the improbable 1939 mission to rescue a group of Jewish children from Vienna and bring them into the safety of the United States.
We invite you to read an excerpt of this book which Publishers Weekly calls "a stirring account of determination against overwhelming odds” with a “flowing narrative [that] breathes life into the America and Europe of 1938-39.”
For more on Gil and Eleanor Kraus, visit the Museum's current exhibition Against the Odds: American Jews and the Rescue of Europe's Refugees, 1933-1941.
Book excerpt and cover courtesy of Harper Collins.