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Fifty blameless Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.

In early 1939, few americans have been puzzling over 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 rules 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 unparalleled determination to trip into Nazi Germany as a way to shop a gaggle of Jewish children.

Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied young children have been allowed into the us in the course of the whole Holocaust, during which 1.5 million childrens perished. The fifty youngsters stored via the Krauses became out to be the only biggest workforce of unaccompanied young children delivered to America.

Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent ancient records, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving teenagers, and illustrated with interval pictures, archival fabrics, and memorabilia, 50 kids is a awesome story of non-public braveness and successful heroism that provides a clean, exact perception right into a serious interval of background.

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The place of my earliest memories is Mickiewicza Street, where we lived on the ground floor of the Municipal Building. The offices of the town hall were upstairs. In back, at the far end of a large yard, was a detention cell used mostly for sobering up drunks overnight. Right in front, by the gate, was the police station. I was too young at the time to realize what an unusual living situation we had for a Jewish family in Chrzanow, Poland, in the 1930s. Facing the street were several stores attached to the government complex; two of those stores were ours.

She would pray and murmur, "My baby, my dearest, mir zol zein far dir," I should endure for you. " Papa would sit for hours in synagogue praying for his child's recovery. As gently as she could, Dr. Szymerowa pronounced the verdict. "I am afraid it's polio," she said in a somber voice. "There is nothing I can do for Goldzia. " It was not only Krakow that Goldzia was taken to: Papa abandoned the business, the source of his livelihood, and undertook a perilous journey, carrying Goldzia in his arms and attending to all her needs en route.

When young Gitele came to the store, Mama immediately knew something was wrong. " she asked anxiously. "How come she sent you today for her order? " "No, my mother isn't feeling well. " Mama would promptly pick up a jar from the shelf, dash some herbal tea into a paper, and hand it to Gitele. "When you get home, boil some water, put in a heaping teaspoon of the tea, and let your mother drink it. " Gitele collected her purchases in her basket. " she asked. "Oh, no," Mama responded, "there is no charge for the tea; it is for a refuah sheleima [total recovery] for your mother.

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