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

By Steven Pressman

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

In early 1939, few americans have been wondering the darkening typhoon 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 through Adolf Hitler's guidelines in Germany and Austria.

But one traditional 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 unheard of choice to shuttle into Nazi Germany with the intention to keep a gaggle of Jewish children.

Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied youngsters have been allowed into the U.S. in the course of the whole Holocaust, during which 1.5 million young children perished. The fifty teenagers kept through the Krauses became out to be the only biggest team of unaccompanied kids dropped at America.

Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent ancient records, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving kids, and illustrated with interval images, archival fabrics, and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

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A decade after reunification, Ossies and Wessies still look and think so differently that they are immediately distinguishable in a bar or on a street corner. The Ossies look defeated and the Wessies strut like conquerors. The demeanor, the body language, would betray them if the clothes and words didn't. The Ossie Jews who went back to build Communism and the Wessie Jews, who went back to earn money, along with their children, have remained even farther apart than non-Jewish Germans. The local Ossies, even the non-Jewish ones, showed little enthusiasm for the Wessies and their billions spent rebuilding the Frauenkirche.

One German journalist who had failed to make arrangements to cover this year's preparations asked Irene if she would do another seder next year. ” One of her favorite things about the Orthodox was their adherence to the ancient belief that one day the Mashiach, the Messiah, would come. This expectation of the Messiah is at the heart of a debate about the State of Israel. Some Orthodox, even some of those living in Israel, believe that a state of Israel should not be declared until the Messiah comes.

Thousands of Jews, along with half-Jews and would-be Jews, were now coming to Germany to escape anti-Semitism. In Germany they received housing and a living allowance. Between 1991 and 1993, Germany had given permission for 25,000 Soviet Jews to immigrate, and with less than half arrived, the Berlin Jewish Community was already 70 percent Russian. For the first time in half a century, there were more than just a small handful of Jews in Berlin. Many of these Russian Jews would have preferred to go to the United States, but Germany welcomed them and the United States didn't.

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