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

By Steven Pressman

Usual american citizens.
Fifty blameless Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.

In early 1939, few american citizens have been wondering the darkening hurricane clouds over Europe. Nor did they've got a lot sympathy for the transforming into variety of Jewish households that have been more and more threatened and brutalized through Adolf Hitler's regulations in Germany and Austria.

But one usual American couple determined that anything 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 choice to trip into Nazi Germany so as to store a gaggle of Jewish children.

Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied little ones have been allowed into the us through the whole Holocaust, within which 1.5 million young ones perished. The fifty little ones stored by way of the Krauses grew to become out to be the one biggest team of unaccompanied childrens dropped at America.

Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent historic files, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving young ones, and illustrated with interval pictures, archival fabrics, and memorabilia, 50 young children is a impressive story of non-public braveness and effective heroism that gives a clean, distinct perception right into a serious interval of historical past.

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If nations war with each other, the conflict does not arise from the fact that the idea of nationality, in its present form, implies imperialism and the clash of interests. No, it is because the Jew is there, behind the governments, breathing discord. If there is a class struggle, it is not because the economic organization leaves something to be desired. It is because Jewish demagogues, hook‐nosed agitators, have seduced the workers. Anti‐Semitism is thus seen to be at bottom a form of Manichaeism.

We must remember that a man is not necessarily humble or even modest because he has consented to mediocrity. On the contrary, there is a passionate pride among the mediocre, and anti‐Semitism is an attempt to give value to mediocrity as such, to create an elite of the ordinary. To the anti‐Semite, intelligence is Jewish; he can thus disdain it in all tranquillity, like all the other virtues which the Jew possesses. They are so many ersatz attributes that the Jew cultivates in place of that balanced mediocrity which he 15 will never have.

The only things that count are irrational values, and it is just these things which are denied the Jews forever. Thus the anti‐Semite takes his stand from the start on the ground of irrationalism. He is opposed to the Jew, just as sentiment is to intelligence, the particular to the universal, the past to the present, the concrete to the abstract, the owner of real property to the possessor of negotiable securities. Besides this, many anti‐Semites — the majority, perhaps — belong to the lower middle class of the towns; they are functionaries, office workers, small businessmen, who possess nothing.

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