Witness includes Ruth's firsthand accounts and photographs taken while on assignment, including some that have never been published. Former ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke writes in the foreword of the book, "If you want to know about the black hole of history between the end of World War II and the founding of Israel, go to Ruth Gruber."Â
Ruth Gruber had backstage access to the history of the Jewish people: she escorted war refugees from Europe to America; visited Displaced Persons camps; detailed the plight of the Exodus 1947; described the establishment of the State of Israel; and documented the State's ingathering of refugees from Europe, Iraq, Yemen, and Ethiopia. Emissary for Harold Ickes and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, friend to Eleanor Roosevelt and Golda Meier, Ruth's life and work are inextricably bound with the rescue and survival of the Jewish people. Ms. Gruber is also the author of several other books including Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America, Exodus 1947, and Raquela, which won the National Jewish Book Award. Haven was made into a miniseries in 2001 starring Natasha Richardson as Ruth.
Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of the international bestseller Longitude, and the recipient of the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Galileo's Daughter. In her thirty years as a science journalist she has written for many magazines, including Audubon, Discover, Life, and The New Yorker.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber. From the Heart is made possible through the generosity and admiration of Friends of Ruth Gruber. Many of the photographs in the exhibition appear in Witness. Ms. Gruber is available for interviews.
Tickets to this event are $5 and free for members. -- www.mjhnyc.org