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50 Children

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

About the Book

Two Ordinary Americans.
Fifty Innocent Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.

In early 1939, few Americans were thinking about the darkening storm clouds over Europe. Nor did they have much sympathy for the growing number of Jewish families who were increasingly threatened and brutalized by Adolf Hitler's policies in Germany and Austria.

But one ordinary American couple decided that something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles—both in Europe and in the United States—Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel into Nazi Germany in an effort to save a group of Jewish children. This is their story.

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Critical Praise

“Both an extraordinary humanitarian act and a classic tale of American initiative and perseverance....A rich and rewarding read….Pressman paints a moving picture of the rescue.” —Wall Street Journal

“Excellent…. Pressman, the Krauses’ grandson-in-law, used Eleanor Kraus’s unpublished diaries as well as photographs, documents, and interviews to recreate a historical moment and a heroic act. Like Oskar Schindler and his list, the Krauses and their 50 children will now never be forgotten.” —Sara Nelson, Amazon Best Book of the Month Citation

“A remarkable book.” —Forbes

“The astonishing story of a Philadelphia couple’s resolve to help bring Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Austria. . . .With a careful eye to detail and dialogue, Pressman vividly re-creates this epic rescue.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A brilliantly written book that takes the reader on a journey back in time. Yet, it is relevant today because Gil and Eleanor’s story proves that individuals with courage and strength can overcome the odds. … A very insightful read.” —Military Press

“[A] stirring account of determination against overwhelming odds….[Pressman’s] flowing narrative breathes life into the America and Europe of 1938-1939,….The whole makes for a story as troubling as it is inspirational.” —Publishers Weekly

“The portrait of the Krauses that emerges is one of incredible resourcefulness, perseverance, bravery, and motivation to save lives. Pressman’s deeply affecting account is a tribute to a couple whose heroic efforts were a beacon of light during a time of unremitting darkness for the Jewish people.” —Jewish Book Council

“Well-crafted….[A] deserving work.” —Booklist

“It can be challenging to create suspense in a tale for which the ending is known. Pressman does a good job with 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission in the Heart of Nazi Germany, a book whose title pretty much tells it all.” —New York Journal of Books

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062237484
  • ISBN 10: 0062237489
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 05/05/2015
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
  • BISAC2: HISTORY / Jewish
  • BISAC3: HISTORY / Holocaust

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