From Holocaust to Haven

March 1, 2006

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Ruth Gruber, photo by S. Schild

In 1944, Harold Ickes, the Secretary of the Interior, asked journalist Ruth Gruber to lead a secret mission to escort 1,000 Jewish refugees from Italy to America. After WWII she worked as a correspondent in Europe and Palestine, where she became an advocate for Jews in DP camps. She was the only American reporter allowed to board the ship Exodus. Gruber is the author of 17 books.

 

Recorded Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at Chicago Public Library.