By Steven Pressman
Usual american citizens.
Fifty blameless Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.
In early 1939, few american citizens have been wondering the darkening hurricane clouds over Europe. Nor did they've got a lot sympathy for the turning out to be variety of Jewish households that have been more and more threatened and brutalized through Adolf Hitler's regulations in Germany and Austria.
But one traditional American couple made up our minds 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 extraordinary determination to trip into Nazi Germany so as to retailer a gaggle of Jewish children.
Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied youngsters have been allowed into the U.S. during the complete Holocaust, within which 1.5 million teenagers perished. The fifty young children stored by way of the Krauses became out to be the only biggest workforce of unaccompanied young ones dropped at America.
Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent old records, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving kids, and illustrated with interval images, archival fabrics, and memorabilia, 50 young ones is a awesome story of private braveness and victorious heroism that gives a clean, designated perception right into a serious interval of heritage.
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34 Amnestia at the collective level is as unlikely to effectively suppress disturbing memories as psychological repression is at the individual level. With President Waldheim refusing to take his chancellor's advice, one wonders how much effect Vranitzky's counsel will have elsewhere. Yet if the advice were acted upon only for reasons of expediency, it is doubtful that the long-term consequences would be significant. However, expediency plus accompanying changes in behavior have a way, sometimes, of producing unexpected positive results.
Just east of Tübingen lies the village of Pfrondorf, where we resided while conducting part of our research. Once a farmhouse stood on the very spot where we found living quarters. In World War II the dwelling was destroyed by an aerial bomb, reportedly with no warning. Were there children in the house? Did they die in the explosion? One could easily call upon much more dramatic and terrible events, such as the firebombing of Dresden. We allude to this particular instance only because the questions about the children kept repeating themselves to us, a fact doubtless occasioned by the personal circumstances.
It is imperative that we do our best to individualize and humanize the figure of six million. "7 But to speak this way need not mean forgetting the other human beings in other times and other places who, each in his own way, have awakened screaming in the night. The one remembrance can feed the other remembrances. We hope that the above dialectic will be kept in mind, in order that our own stress upon the singularity of Holocaust suffering will not be construed as implicit insensitivity to non-Holocaust sufferers.