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Chat with Ruth Gruber
Author of Exodus 1947

Monday, November 22, 1999 at 9 p.m. Eastern

Book: Exodus 1947: The Ship that Launched a Nation

Author: Ruth Gruber

Description: In 1947, 4,500 Holocaust survivors aboard the Exodus were making a desperate attempt to reach Palestine. Ruth Gruber, an American journalist, followed these refugees and documented each turn of events as they happened.

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Ruth Gruber is a Fascinating Woman . . .

Ruth Gruber was born in 1911, earned her Ph.D. at age twenty, and soon became a foreign correspondent. At twenty-three, writing for the New York Herald Tribune, she was the first journalist - man or woman - to report from the Soviet Arctic. In 1944, while she was working for Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes, President Roosevelt sent Gruber on a covert mission to escort 1,000 World War II refugees in a secret convoy across the Atlantic to America. That mission resulted in her book Haven, which will be the basis of a major network television movie in 2000.

Gruber has published fourteen books, including Raquela, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1978. Her Exodus photographs appeared in the 1997 Oscar-wining documentary The Long Way Home. In 1998 Gruber received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She lives in New York City, has two children and four grandchildren, and speaks frequently around the country.

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