Raquela: A Woman of Israel

Raquela: A Woman of Israel

by Ruth Gruber

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Raquela: A Woman of Israel by Ruth Gruber

A National Jewish Book Award–winning biography: A look at the early years of Israel’s statehood, experienced through the life of a pioneering nurse.

During her extraordinary career, nurse Raquela Prywes was a witness to history. She delivered babies in a Holocaust refugee camp and on the Israeli frontier. She crossed minefields to aid injured soldiers in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and organized hospitals to save the lives of those fighting the 1967 Six-Day War. Along the way, her own life was a series of triumphs and tragedies mirroring those of the newly formed Jewish state.

Raquela is a moving tribute to a remarkable woman, and an unforgettable chronicle of the birth of Israel through the eyes of those who lived it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453258309
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Edition description: B&N epub
Pages: 478
Sales rank: 440,421
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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



Gruber lives in New York City.

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