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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Witness: One of the greatest foreign correspondents-Ruth Gruber

    Wonderful book. Don't know if it's the E version but some paragraphs were repeated in later chapters... Heart-expanding story of Ruth Gruber, reporter and shooter for the New York Herald Tribune. She witnessed the creation of Israel in 1948. Rescued thousands of Jews in France in 1944... Was the youngest, at 20, to earn a Ph.D. from University of Cologne in 1934... Was a convergent journalist before convergence... her writing was great, her reporting spectacular, her photography (Leica and Rolleicord) pretty strong... it was her 'never take no for an answer' attitude that won me over. Should be required reading for all reporters, both visual and wordsmiths. A must read for those who have hearts.

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    Posted November 26, 2007

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    Review for ¿Witness¿ By Ruth Gruber Review by Phyllis Johnson Landing assignments her male colleagues hadn¿t, flying to the Soviet Arctic and then to Europe, seeing an exodus from a country ravaged during the Holocaust, Ruth Gruber was quite a photojournalist. She writes her memoir in ¿Witness¿ and serves as an inspiration to anyone spending his or her life tracking down a story, particularly one that may change someone¿s life for the better. A life full of adventure and passion for human justice is evident in her 257 page book published by Schocken Books. Sometimes smuggling a notebook in her bra, she ran the gamut from studying Eskimos in Alaska to talking to exiled prisoners in Soviet Gulag. Photos, black and white images, showing the Soviet Arctic and Alaska documented images of rustic living and reflections of the soul. She wrote of seeing the Aleuts in harm¿s way of the Japanese, then photographed their exodus. Her photos also show the exodus from the devastation caused by Hitler during the Holocaust in World War II.. A master at capturing intense emotion found in hardships, she knew how to get down in the trenches to get the best possible photos to tell a story. She went behind the scenes, sometimes dubbed as a simulated general to avoid a worse fate if captured as a spy. Later, she got stories from the refugees onboard an army transport and then pulled into the NY Harbor on August 3, 1944- the same day Anne Frank¿s family was betrayed. Ruth was accompanying to the United States 1,000 refugees invited by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt while day and night Adolph Eichmann was rushing cattle trains carrying 750,00 Jews into the death camps at Auschwitz. She records her travels to Europe, the Holy Land and the Arab World, and how she came to be witness to the Nuremberg Trials. Seeing the plight of the Jews trying to come home to Palestine, she interviewed both Arabs and Jews, and followed the journey of Iraqi Jews to Israel. Seeing compassion in a lawyer and social activist named Phil, she was moved to marry him. Ruth Gruber¿s account of the ongoing struggle for those seeking justice and fair treatment in life is both vivid and poignant in her book, ¿Witness.¿ Review by Phyllis Johnson, author of Being Frank with Anne (poetic interpretation of Anne Frank's diary)

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