50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus


Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00pm


  • Scott Miller


Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington - Rockville

Program Series: 

  • Cultural Events
The deadline for pre-purchasing tickets has passed. You may still purchase tickets at the event. Your $12 ticket includes the film, a panel discussion, and kosher reception following the program.

This award-winning film tells the riveting story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who in 1939 embarked on a risky, improbable mission to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna and bring them to the United States. The film has garnered Emmy nominations and film festival awards at cities throughout the United States.
Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will put the film into historical context. Mr. Miller is the co-author of Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust, which focuses on the ship of German-Jewish refugees that was famously sent back to Europe in 1939, and the Holocaust Museum's ten-year mission to trace the fate of every single passenger aboard the ship.
The film's writer,  director and producer, Steven Pressman, will also speak following the film.  Mr. Pressman worked for many years as a newspaper and magazine journalist in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.  50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus is his first documentary film and is based on his book, 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $12.

This program is made possible by the generosity of the Wagner-Braunsberg Family Foundation as part of an ongoing series on German-Jewish Heritage.