HBO Documentary ’50 Children: The Rescue Mission Of Mr. And Mrs. Kraus’

Posted on April 4, 2013

Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus lived a comfortable life in 1930s Philadelphia, where he made a good living as a lawyer, and she kept a stylish house. They were secular Jews who sent their children to a Quaker school, and unlikely candidates for the mission they assigned themselves. Gilbert revealed the plan to his wife as he was shaving in the bathroom, so their young son and daughter would not hear. He wanted to go to Vienna and save 50 Jewish children from the Nazis.

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