Ruth Gruber's Induction into Jewish Hall of Fame: Celebrating her remarkable life

Watch the Amazing zoom recording of Ruth Gruber’s Induction into the Jewish Hall of Fame!  This event celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a twentieth-century icon: a pioneer, trailblazer, and humanitarian. Hear Curator Leslie Fried talk about Ms. Gruber’s time in Alaska. She was thirty years old and already a celebrated author, lecturer, and intrepid reporter when, in 1941, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes appointed her Field Representative to the Alaska Territory.


  • Click Here to read the International Center of Photography Media Release (2011) on Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist.


Click Here to Watch Ruth Gruber's Induction Video


Zoom attendees:

Arthur Maserjian, Deputy Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, and Chief of Staff and Director of International Affairs & Diplomacy at the Combat Antisemitism Movement. Introductory statement and intro. 

Dan Mariaschin, Executive Director of B’nai B’rith International and Member of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Advisory Council. 

Gemma Birnbaum, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, the parent organization of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. Prerecorded introductory remarks. 

Mel Wacks, Founding Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. Powerpoint: Commemorative Medals, from the Renaissance to the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. 

Sam Asher, Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, home of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame exhibit. Unveiling of the Ruth Gruber plaque and presentation of a short film interview with Ruth Gruber. 

Abby Schwartz, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Skirball Museum, home of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Collection of Medals. The Ruth Gruber exhibit is in the museum’s lobby. 

Leslie Fried, Curator of the Jewish Museum of Alaska. Ruth Gruber’s time in Alaska. 

Judy Rapaport, President of the Safe Haven Museum and Education Center, in Oswego, New York. How Ruth Gruber was instrumental in saving nearly 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust. 

Doris Schechter, Oswego survivor and co-producer of Ruth Gruber documentary. 

Patti Kenner, co-producer of Ruth Gruber documentary.

Deborah Hendell Shimko, Daughter of Two Oswego survivors.

David Michaels, PhD, Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, Ruth Gruber’s son.

Celia Michaels-Evan, freelance television producer and editor, Ruth Gruber’s daughter.

Representative from the office of the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.

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