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50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. And Mrs. Kraus (2013)

In the spring of 1939, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus embarked on a risky and unlikely mission. Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, they rescued 50 Jewish children from Vienna and brought them to the United States.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Narrator (voice)
Mamie Gummer ... Eleanor Kraus (voice)
Liz Perle Liz Perle ... Herself - grandchild of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus
Paul Shapiro Paul Shapiro ... Himself - director, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
Robert Braun Robert Braun ... Himself
Henny Wenkart Henny Wenkart ... Herself
Paul Beller Paul Beller ... Himself
Helga Milberg Helga Milberg ... Herself
Jonathan Sarna Jonathan Sarna ... Himself - professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University
Kurt Herman Kurt Herman ... Himself
Elizabeth Davis Elizabeth Davis ... Herself
Fritzi Nozik Fritzi Nozik ... Herself
Marsha L. Rozenblit Marsha L. Rozenblit ... Herself - social historian of Jews in Central Europe, University of Maryland
Kurt Admon Kurt Admon ... Himself
Guy Schless Guy Schless ... Himself - son of Dr. Robert Schless


As Adolf Hitler tightened his control over Europe in early 1939, Jews living inside Nazi Germany and Austria were increasingly desperate to escape. But restrictive immigration policies in effect in the United States made it all but impossible for more than a handful to find freedom here. Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, a Jewish couple from Philadelphia, were determined to do what they could to help bring a group of children into the safety of America. Against all odds, the couple came up with a rescue plan aimed at bringing 50 Jewish children out of Vienna and into the safety of the United States. This documentary film tells a dramatic story that has never been told before -- how one courageous couple saved the lives of 50 children on the eve of the Holocaust. Written by Anonymous

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1 September 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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50 Kinder: Die Rettungsmission von Mr. & Mrs. Kraus See more »

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Good Documentary
5 May 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. And Mrs. Kraus (2013)

*** (out of 4)

Good documentary taking a look at a World War II story that many people might not have heard of. The Kraus family was a husband and wife team who decided to do something about all the children who could possibly end up dying because they were Jewish. The two had to jump through many loops and risk their own lives but in the end they were able to save the lives of fifty children and this documentary tells that story as well as features interviews with some of the children who were saved. 50 CHILDREN isn't a flawless documentary as there's no doubt that things could have been better at times but at the same time there's no question that the story itself is just so interesting that you can't help but get involved. I thought it was pretty fascinating hearing how this couple managed to get all of this children out of Vienna and how everything had to fall into the right place for it to happen. I also like how the documentary doesn't try to revise history and shows that many children were killed when they probably could have been saved if certain countries would have allowed the children to be taken in. The interviews with those who were saved is certainly a great thing so that future generations can see first hand accounts of what happened.

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