A photographer, journalist, activist and former American government official, Ruth Gruber has worn many hats. But regardless of the role she assumes, one factor never varies: Her humanitarian spirit inevitably informs everything she does.
Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Gruber recorded and participated in numerous significant events in Jewish history during the 20th century. She escorted World War II refugees and wounded American soldiers from Europe to America; she lobbied the American government on behalf of Jewish European immigrants; she visited displaced persons camps, and she documented the establishment of the State of Israel.
From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber is an exhibition dedicated to her extraordinary career. The exhibit includes photographs drawn from Gruber’s forthcoming book, “Witness,” due for publication in April by Schocken Books.
Museum of Jewish History – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Pl.; Jan. 16-Oct. 7; free. (646-437-4200 or www.mjhnyc.org)