Virtual Film and Discussion: Ahead of Time, The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

The Sousa Mendes Foundation Presents

Virtual Film and Discussion: Ahead of Time, The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

This prize-winning film documents the life of Ruth Gruber (1911-2016), an American photojournalist who defied tradition in a career that spanned more than seven decades. She escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor RooseveltHarry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. The film captures the drama of her long and extraordinary life as she lent her camera lens – and her heart – to refugees of war.  An inspiring story of a life well-lived!



⇒ June 5-7, any time, RENT THE FILM.  Link coming soon.  To view the trailer, click here.

⇒ June 5-7, any time, WATCH THE FILM on your home device.

⇒ June 7 at 4:00 p.m. US Eastern Time, DISCUSS THE FILM, its context and its relevance to today.  Meet the producer Patti Kenner and the historian and author Blanche Wiesen-Cook.  They will have a discussion and then take questions.


Film producer Patti Kenner approached Ruth Gruber about telling her life story when Gruber was 97.  The film went on to critical acclaim. She serves on the Board of the Museum of Jewish Heritage and other organizations. She is also the producer of Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019). 

Blanche Wiesen-Cook is a Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the John Jay College and. the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She was a close friend of Ruth Gruber and interviewed her on several occasions.  She is the author of the three-volume definite biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

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PLEASE NOTE:  Registration will close on Thursday, June 4 at 10 p.m. US Eastern Time.


Jun 07 2020


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Virtual Event


Sousa Mendes Foundation
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