‘Woman of Valor’: Late Photojournalist Ruth Gruber Inducted Into Jewish-American Hall of Fame

The late Ruth Gruber.

November 17, 2022

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame (JAHF), in partnership with the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) and B’nai B’rith International, inducted this past weekend its 2022 honoree, the late Ruth Gruber.

Gruber was a photojournalist and foreign correspondent who covered war zones from the 1940s through the 1990s, and was responsible for rescuing nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust, helping them reach safe haven in the United States.

“I had two tools to fight injustice — words and images, my typewriter and my camera,” Gruber said in 2001. “I just felt that I had to fight evil, and I’ve felt like that since I was 20 years old. And I’ve never been an observer. I have to live a story to write it.”

Her fascinating life story and impactful legacy were highlighted at Sunday’s JAHF online induction ceremony, which can be viewed in full below:

Founded in 1969, the JAHF is a division of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Over the past half century, the JAHF has inducted over 50 Jewish Americans from all fields of endeavor, ranging from Asser Levy, one of the first Jewish settlers in what would become New York City, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the judicial and feminist icon.

To learn more about the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, visit: amuseum.org