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Tisha B’Av Film on Rescued Children to Air at Keter Torah

Teaneck—On Tisha B’Av, August 5, at 6:00 p.m. at Con­gregation Keter Torah, a film en­titled

50 Children: The Rescue Mis­sion of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus will be presented. Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus never intended to become heroes. But in early 1939, as con­ditions were worsening for Jews living inside Nazi Germany, the Philadelphia couple embarked on a risky and improbable mis­sion: an effort to rescue 50 Jew­ish children and bring them to safety in the Unit­ed States.

The couple faced imposing obstacles. The United States government, and a vast majori­ty of the American public, was largely indiffer­ent to the plight of Jewish refugees seeking to escape from the Nazis. America’s rigid im­migration laws also made it nearly impossible to bring refugees—even chil­dren—into this country.

In the spring of 1939, the Krauses sailed for Europe and into the heart of darkness. The Krauses, who were Jewish, also had to face the risks of traveling into Nazi Germany and dealing with the Gestapo and other Nazi officials in their effort to carry out their bold rescue plan. In do­ing so, they transformed them­selves from an ordinary couple into extraordinary heroes

To view a trailer of this 63 minute documen­tary, narrated by Alan Alda, visit https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=JAnRo2ejEW8#t=12.

For information call 201-907-0180 or e-mail [email protected].

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