50 Children

Director: Steven Pressman
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 62 min
Language: English
Date: Monday, October 14, 7:30 pm
Location: Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI)
Special Event: Post-film talk with director Steven Pressman


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50 CHILDREN reveals the dramatic and never-before-told story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, a Jewish couple from Center City Philadelphia who, in 1939, traveled to Nazi-occupied Vienna in a daring effort to rescue 50 children and bring them back to the United States. Not only did the Krauses have to deal with high-ranking Nazi officials in Berlin and Vienna, but also they had to get around America’s rigid and bigoted immigration policies, making it nearly impossible to bring Jewish refugees to the United States. In carrying out this incredible mission, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus were responsible for rescuing the largest known American transport of refugee children during the Holocaust.