From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber

at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

NEW YORK, NY – The Talmud says “Saving a single life is like saving an entire world.” By that token, humanitarian, journalist, and activist Ruth Gruber has saved the world a thousand times over. Ruth Gruber’s remarkable career is the subject of the new exhibition From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber, which will open at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust on January 16, 2007.

Now 95 years old, Gruber had backstage access to Jewish history: she escorted war refugees from Europe to America; visited DP camps; detailed the plight of the Exodus 1947; described the establishment of the State of Israel; and documented the State’s ingathering of refugees from Europe, Iraq, Yemen, and Ethiopia. Emissary for Harold Ickes and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, friend to Eleanor Roosevelt and Golda Meier, Ruth’s life and work are inextricably bound with the rescue and survival of the Jewish people. The exhibition consists of Gruber’s powerful photographs of her experiences in Displaced Persons camps, Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York, Cyprus, and early Israel.

The exhibition takes its name from advice given to Ruth Gruber from photographer Edward Steichen. But it is clear in her journalism, books, photography, and activism that with or without that advice, Ruth would do nothing short of observing and interpreting the world around her with an open heart, a keen eye, and the desire to see what is best in the human spirit.

From the Heart is made possible through the generosity and admiration of Friends of Ruth Gruber.

Many of the photographs is the exhibition appear in Ruth Gruber’s forthcoming book, Witness, to be published in April 2007 by Schocken Books. Ms. Gruber is available for interviews. For more information please contact Elisabeth Calamari, ecalamari@randomhouse.com.

WHAT: From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber
WHERE: Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

WHEN: Opens January 16, 2007

COST: Free with admission