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Group of children waving at Statue of Liberty
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: These children are among a group of 50 Jewish refugees, imperiled by Nazi Germany, aged 5 to 14, from Vienna, waving at the Statue of Liberty as liner pulls into New York harbor, en route to Philadelphia, where they will be placed with foster families. They were brought to the United States by Eleanor and gilbert Kraus, assimilated Jews from Philadelphia. Other powerful Jewish leaders from Philadelphia exhorted the Kraus’s to call their mission off lest it fomented more domestic anti-Semitism. It is believed that Roosevelt did not do all he could do to increase immigration of the beleaguered Jews of Europe precisely because of American Jews’ unwillingness to support their European brethren.
11 1/8 x 8"
Refugees, Children, Eleanor Kraus, Gilbert Kraus
"Copy of Press Photo of Jewish Refugee Children Aboard Liner President Harding" (1939). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2016.1.34.