Ahead of Time | 2010
A portrait of foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber. Born in 1911 in Brooklyn, Ruth Gruber was a feminist before she even knew what it was to be one. Propelled by her intellectual curiosity, she moved to Germany to study and witnessed the rising tide of Nazism during those years. Her experiences overseas drove her to pursue a career in journalism--she wanted to document her experiences in print and photos so that the public might grasp the meaning and repercussions of actions far from home. It was during and after the Second World War that Gruber's life became irretrievably enmeshed in world events. When President Roosevelt allowed a group of one thousand refugees to travel by ship to America in 1944, it was Gruber who was asked to secretly escort the ship from Europe to America. The stories of the refugees had such a profound effect on Gruber that she dedicated the rest of her life, professional and personal, to assisting Jewish people in jeopardy.