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Raquela: A Woman of Israel
     

Raquela: A Woman of Israel

by Ruth Gruber
 

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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.

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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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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451137692
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1979
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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“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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Ruth Gruber (1911–2016) was an award-winning Jewish American journalist, photographer, and humanitarian. Born in Brooklyn in 1911, she was 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 passed away in 2016 at the age of 105.

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