A Jewish couple from Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Kraus, wanted to save at least 50 children from Nazi-occupied Austria. In the Spring of 1939, they obtained 50 visas enabling 25 boys and 25 girls to travel to the United States. Paul Beller was one of these children.
In 2013, a documentary film about this rescue mission, 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus, was produced and then narrated by Alan Alda. It’s available for free on HBO Max and for $3.99 on Prime Video. After watching the film on your own before this event, come hear Paul describe his experience and answer your questions about this extraordinary mission.
While we strongly encourage you to watch the film to provide context for Mr. Beller’s presentation, you may consider reading a book written about the subject: 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany. You can purchase it at Bronx River Books or Amazon.
Paul Beller, 91 years old, is the father of congregant, Eric Beller. Paul has been speaking on the Holocaust both nationally and locally for over 25 years. In October 2010, the Austrian Government invited Paul and his wife, Glenda, along with Austrian survivors living in other parts of the world, to visit for a week in Vienna. During their visit, they were invited to a reception with the President of Austria.