By Steven Pressman
Fifty blameless Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.
In early 1939, few americans have been pondering the darkening typhoon 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 way of Adolf Hitler's guidelines in Germany and Austria.
But one traditional American couple made up our minds 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 unparalleled determination to trip into Nazi Germany which will retailer a bunch of Jewish children.
Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied young children have been allowed into the U.S. in the course of the complete Holocaust, during which 1.5 million childrens perished. The fifty youngsters stored through the Krauses became out to be the one biggest workforce of unaccompanied youngsters delivered to America.
Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, infrequent old files, and interviews with greater than a dozen of the surviving young children, and illustrated with interval pictures, archival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 awesome story of private braveness and positive heroism that gives a clean, exact perception right into a serious interval of background.
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The antecedent or foreword of history—as in the case of the foreword whose language precedes the text—is made present for the witness or reader, but not as knowledge. Events occur in the presence of the witness, the witness sees the events, but what happens precedes the witness’s ability to say what happened, to transform the event into experience, and to provide a means by which to make it known to others who weren’t there. ” Derrida saw the idea of “the trace” as the single most important facet of Levinas’s work, and in On Grammatology calls it the center of his critique of traditional philosophy (70).
To do so would claim the memories and the inflexions of voices heard in the story— and “the thought they express”—as his own, and to make an equation of Levinas and Yossel and of their experiences, without acknowledging that there may be some difference that falls out of the equation that troubles them both. Yossel’s direct address to God in this story functions as an act of witness: it is less a request than it is a response, because in it Yossel tells us less about the last hours of the ghetto uprising than he does about the burden of witness.
Memory, like language, is made present in moments of lived life that are affected by it, and like language it carries with it a trace of the moment of utterance or occurrence that disrupts and disunifies the present (see Wyschogrod 146–8). Like the relation of saying to said, the forgetfulness that inheres in memory is oriented to others. As testimony, it implicates the listener, inflicts itself upon her like a trauma, and turns her inside out in much the same way as the event, as it presents itself as an experience on the one who was there, impresses itself upon the witness.
50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman