"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)
Upcoming Community Events
Meet the Author and Filmmaker!
Join us in welcoming back to Philadelphia, Steve Pressman, author of the new book:
50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany
Tuesday, April 22nd, 7pm
Congregation Keneseth Israel
8839 Old York Rd
Elkins Park, PA
Gil and Eleanor Kraus never set out to be heroes. But on the eve of the Holocaust, the Philadelphia lawyer and his wife -- both of them Jewish -- risked everything by traveling into Nazi Germany in an against-all-odds effort to save innocent lives.
Based on his acclaimed HBO documentary, Steven Pressman's "50 Children" 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.
This new book includes an afterword by Paul Shaprio, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and 16 pages of incredible photographs.
A "stirring account of determination against overwhelming odds" with a "flowing narrative [that] breathes life into the America and Europe of 1938-39." -- Publishers Weekly
"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