Raquela: A Woman of Israel

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Overview

Raquela Prywes lives on the front lines of Isreal's history. A ninth-generation Jerusalemite, she finds her true calling as a hospital and battlefield nurse, delivering babies in the infamous Athlit detention camp, where Holocaust survivors were interned by the British, and literally walked across minefields to tend the wounded during the 1948 War of Independence.

In Europe, surrounded by men of uncommon bravery, Raquela falls passionately in love with the handsome young captain...

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Overview

Raquela Prywes lives on the front lines of Isreal's history. A ninth-generation Jerusalemite, she finds her true calling as a hospital and battlefield nurse, delivering babies in the infamous Athlit detention camp, where Holocaust survivors were interned by the British, and literally walked across minefields to tend the wounded during the 1948 War of Independence.

In Europe, surrounded by men of uncommon bravery, Raquela falls passionately in love with the handsome young captain of one of the refugee ships and must choose between him and the brilliant and distinguished doctor who waits for her back in Jerusalem. Upon her return to Israel, she helps to found the first hospital in the desert frontier of Beersheba, where she delivers the babies of Bedouin women and Jewish immigrants, eventually organizing the hospitals credited with saving Israeli soldiers during the Six-Day War.

Alive with the courage of a rare woman and a rugged nation, Raquela tells the powerful and deeply moving story of an Israeli woman aho has known passionate love, great danger, and shattering loss and who witnessed the darkest–and most triumphant–moments in the history of the Jewish people. The edition of Raquela, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1978, includes and introduction by best-selling novelist Faye Kellerman.

About the Author: Ruth Gruber is the author of fifteen books, including Exodus 1947 and Haven. She worked as a foreign correspondent in Israel for the New York Herald Tribune for twenty years, during which she spent nine months traveling through Israel with Raquela Prywes and interviewing most of the people who appear in this book. To verify that every word is true. Raquela initialed each page of Ruth's manuscript.

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From the Publisher

“Ruth Gruber is an adventure in herself.” —New York Herald Tribune
“You couldn't invent Ruth Gruber . . . not even in a movie." —Richard Holbrooke, Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451014771
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1960
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Gruber is an award-winning Jewish American journalist, photographer, and humanitarian. Born in Brooklyn in 1911, she is the author of nineteen books, including the National Jewish Book Award–winning biography Raquela (1978). She also wrote several memoirs documenting her astonishing experiences, among them Ahead of Time (1991), Inside of Time (2002), and Haven (1983), which documents her role in the rescue of one thousand refugees from Europe and their safe transport to America. Gruber lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Preface
One: Jerusalem, August 1929
Two: September 1929
Three: January 31, 1943
Four: February 1943
Five: November 5, 1944
Six: March 1945
Seven: May 8, 1945, Morning
Eight: May 8, 1945, 6 P.M.
Nine: October 1945
Ten: November 1945
Eleven: April 1947
Twelve: April 1947
Thirteen: June 1947
Fourteen: November 1947
Fifteen: November 1947
Sixteen: January 1, 1948
Seventeen: February 4, 1948
Eighteen: February 22, 1948
Nineteen: May 14, 1948
Twenty: July 1948
Twenty-One: February 1949
Twenty-Two: November 1949
Twenty-Three: June 1950
Twenty-Four: August 1950
Twenty-Five: April 1952
Twenty-Six: August 1960
Twenty-Seven: September, 1963
Twenty-Eight: April 1967
Twenty-Nine: July 1967
Afterword

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    YOU WILL LOVE IT!

    I laughed, I cried... and mostly I turned the pages so absorbed was I in Raquela's life as a ninth-generation Israelite and Jew. I had this book for awhile, but hesitated to pick it up worried that it would be 'slow' or a boringly written biography. I could not have been more wrong! Before I knew it, I had read 75 pages and had to put the book down to return to work. From then on I was reading it at breakfast, after dinner, giving up favorite TV shows to read more of 'Raquela'. A beautiful, beautiful story of a jewish woman, born in Israel whose story will move you.

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