Steven Pressman

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Steven Pressman
Journalist Steven Pressman
Steven Pressman (2010)
Born1955 (age 62–63)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationJournalist, filmmaker
EducationUniversity of California at Berkeley
SpouseLiz Perle

Steven Pressman (born 1955) is an American journalist, author of two books (Outrageous Betrayal and 50 Children), and director/producer of the documentary film 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus.

Personal life[edit]

Pressman was born in Los Angeles in 1955 and obtained an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.[1] He has two adult children and lived in San Francisco with his wife, writer Liz Perle,[1][2] who died in August 2015.[3]



Throughout his career, Pressman has written for several publications including the San Francisco Daily Journal,[4] California Lawyer,[5] Daily Journal of Los Angeles, California,[6] and the Columbia Journalism Review.[7] He contributed an article on libel law in 1994, for the United States Department of State.[8] In 1993, Pressman's Outrageous Betrayal was published by St. Martin's Press and Harper published his 50 Children in 2014.

  • Pressman, Steven (August 1993). Outrageous Betrayal: The Real Story of Werner Erhard from Est to Exile (1st ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0312092962.
  • Pressman, Steven (April 2014). 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany (First ed.). Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0062237477.


Pressman produced short videos for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.[9] In 2010, he served as writer, director, and producer for the documentary film To Save a Life.[9] The documentary, retitled 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, and shown on HBO in April 2013, tells the story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, a Jewish couple from Philadelphia who traveled to Nazi Germany in 1939 and, with the help of the B'rith Sholom fraternal organization, saved Jewish children in Vienna from likely death in the Holocaust by finding them new homes in Philadelphia. The heroic Krauses were the grandparents of Pressman's wife, and the film is based on the manuscript of a memoir left behind by Eleanor Kraus when she died in 1989.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b Pressman, Steven (27 May 2014). "About Steven Pressman". My Jewish Learning. Members of the Scribe. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. ^ Rowe, Georgia (19 May 2014). "Steven Pressman's '50 Children' is an account of young lives rescued from the Holocaust". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (August 21, 2015). "Liz Perle, Writer and Former Publishing Executive, Dies at 59". The New York Times. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  4. ^ LaPlant, Carol (Attorney for Plaintiff, Landmark Education Corporation) (November 10, 1997). "Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion for Order Compelling Answers to Deposition Questions, and for Sanctions". Landmark Education Corporation vs. Steven Pressman. San Francisco, California: Superior Court of the State of California, City and County of San Francisco.
  5. ^ Pressman, Steven (December 1994). "Litigation noir". California Lawyer. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  6. ^ Pressman, Steven (April 21, 1994). "Church calls it quits - As Scientology backs away from critics, it may hurt in libel case". Daily Journal. Los Angeles, California.
  7. ^ Pressman, Steven (February 1994). "Fouling Up Fair Use". Columbia Journalism Review. New York: Columbia University.
  8. ^ Pressman, Steven (1994). "An Unfettered Press: Libel Law in the United States". InfoUSA. Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  9. ^ a b c Pressman, Steven (2010). "The Filmmaking Team". Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  10. ^ Jacobs, Emily (10 April 2013). "'50 Children': a story of heroism". Washington Jewish Week. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  11. ^ Elkin, Michael (15 July 2010). "Stars of David". Jewish Exponent. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012.