By Steven Pressman
Traditional american citizens.
Fifty blameless Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.
In early 1939, few american citizens have been pondering the darkening hurricane clouds over Europe. Nor did they've got a lot sympathy for the starting to be variety of Jewish households that have been more and more threatened and brutalized by means of 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 remarkable selection to trip into Nazi Germany that allows you to keep a gaggle of Jewish children.
Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied youngsters have been allowed into the U.S. during the whole Holocaust, within which 1.5 million kids perished. The fifty teenagers kept by means of the Krauses became out to be the one greatest staff of unaccompanied little ones dropped at America.
Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent historic files, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving young children, and illustrated with interval pictures, archival fabrics, and memorabilia, 50 little ones is a outstanding story of non-public braveness and successful heroism that provides a clean, exact perception right into a severe interval of background.
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Philosophers are not copycats. ” To the contrary, philosophers tend to think that no one—at least nobody before them—got enough right, to say nothing of everything, and thus there is much that needs to be said that no one else can say as well. Philosophers may employ humility ironically—Socrates comes to mind—but humility is not usually the philosopher’s most obvious virtue. It is no exaggeration to say that philosophers are stubborn, arrogant at times, even as they insist that philosophy’s inquiry must be open-ended and self-corrective because, like every form of human inquiry, it is prone to error.
As he confronted that reality, the unavoidability of his being Jewish took on another dimension. ”16 When Nazi Germany occupied Austria in March 1938, Maier drew his conclusions. He fled his native land for Belgium and joined the Resistance after Belgium was occupied by the Germans in 1940. Captured by the Gestapo in 1943, Maier was sent to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, where he was liberated in 1945. Eventually taking the name Jean Améry, by which he is remembered, this philosopher waited twenty years before breaking his silence about the Holocaust.
27 Auschwitz and Treblinka was wrong, unjust, and evil—period. More than that, the scale of the wrongdoing, the magnitude of the injustice, and the devastation of the Holocaust’s evil are so radical that we can ill afford not to have our ethical sensibilities informed by them. ”4 Pathology seeks to understand the origins and characteristics of disease and the conditions in which it thrives. If such understanding can be obtained, the prospects for resistance against disease, and perhaps even a cure, may be increased.
50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman