It's not every day you find out that your wife's grandparents saved Jewish children at the dawn of the Holocaust. Journalist Steven Pressman did, so he made a documentary about it. Then he wrote a book about it. Tonight, Pressman discusses that book, 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany. Titular couple Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus battled subtle anti-Semitism at home in Philadelphia and blatant anti-Semitism on the Continent as they used the pretext of summer camp to bring to America Jewish children who they knew were in immediate danger of losing everything. Untold even within the family until Eleanor's diary was found in 1989 after her death, the story came to its bittersweet ending when Pressman tracked down some of the rescued orphans and interviewed them about their adventure and who the Krauses were to them. The couple never talked about what they'd done – after all, sometimes you just have to do the right thing. You can leave it to other people to try to figure it all out. Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Mon., June 16, 7 p.m.; free, book is $26.99. (626) 449-5320, vromansbookstore.com.
Mon., June 16, 7 p.m., 2014
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