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Steven Pressman’s “50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany” will be released April 22, to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28.

His book tells the story of how Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus of Philadelphia rescued 50 Jewish children just as the doors to Jewish emigration from Europe were closing. It was the subject of a one-hour documentary that premiered a year ago on HBO. Pressman, an S.F.-based journalist, also directed the documentary.

He learned about the rescue mission when his wife, Liz Perle, showed him an unpublished manuscript by her grandmother, Eleanor Kraus.

Pressman will talk about “50 Children” at 7 p.m. April 28 at Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F. and 7 p.m. April 29 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. A full listing of upcoming talks can be found at

“50 Children” by Steven Pressman (320 pages, Harper, $26.99)


Dr. Ephraim Engleman, 103, looks back at his accomplished life in his recently published book “My Century.” Born and raised in San Jose, Engleman is a rheumatologist who still practices medicine at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. He is also a violinist and friend of Itzhak Perlman, whom he has known for years; the two met up when Perlman stopped at UCSF two years ago. Engleman and his wife of 72 years, Jean, live in San Mateo. Proceeds from the sale of “My Century” will benefit UCSF’s Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis.

“My Century” by Ephraim Engleman (143 pages, self-published, $19.95)


Math wizards, Hebrew readers, puzzlers and deep thinkers may be intrigued by Bill Haber’s “Four Dimensional Torah and the Structure of Judaism.” The San Francisco resident introduces concepts emanating from the Meru Foundation, a Marin-based nonprofit educational and research institute that explores geometric patterns in the Hebrew text of Genesis and their applications to the modern world.

“Four Dimensional Torah” by Bill Haber (112 pages, CreateSpace, $19.95)



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