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Film about international foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber to be screened in Pittsburgh.
May 10, 2012 | 1940 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<i>Ruth Gruber and her Leica camera</i>
Ruth Gruber and her Leica camera
The Hillel Jewish University Center and JFilm are screening "Ahead of Time," a film about the life of photojournalist Ruth Gruber.

Gruber, who just turned 100 years old, will be in Pittsburgh to receive an honorary degree at Carnegie Mellon University. She plans to join the screening and speak to the audience along with Patti Kenner, the film's executive producer. Kenner is a friend of the Hillel JUC and a CMU alum and trustee. She is from New York, as is Gruber.

Gruber became an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. Her career has spanned more than seven decades.

This event, produced in collaboration with Hadassah, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and National Council of Jewish Women, will be held Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the SouthSide Works Cinema; it is open to the community. The charge is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Groups of 10 or more can pay $5 each.

Visit hilleljuc.org/ahead_of_time for more information and tickets.
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Sandy Resnick
May 10, 2012
Below is a link to the Safe Haven Museum located at Fort Ontario, Oswego, New York. Ruth Gruber played a significant role in its creation. Also below find an excerpt from the museum's web site referencing the Safe Haven experience.


In 1944, with the tide of the war turning the Allies' way, President Franklin Roosevelt made a symbolic gesture. His Secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes, sent Special Assistant Ruth Gruber to Italy to bring back nearly 1,000 war refugees to America. The 982 men, women and children had been specially selected for the trip. Said Gruber, "The government officials making the selection chose families and survivors with skills that could help run a camp in America. The first priority was refugees who had been in concentration camps and escaped."