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Exodus 1947: The Ship That Launched A Nation

Ruth Gruber


Publisher: Sterling
ISBN – 13: 978-1-4027-5228-5
ISBN – 10: 1-4027-5228-8
October 17, 2007

Image: Front cover of the book 'Exodus 1947'.


Marking the 60th anniversary of the Exodus 1947 voyage,this book is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Clear, precise and, above all, enlightening, Exodus 1947 should be read by everybody who believes the persecution of the Jewish people ended with the Liberation of the Nazi camps in 1945 and so silence forthwith the ridiculous arguments of those who deny the Holocaust even took place.

 

On July 17, 1947, American journalist, Ruth Gruber, stood on a dock in Palestine as the broken, bombarded ship Exodus 1947 limped into harbour. In the weeks that followed, her historic articles and photographs helped introduce the world to the survivors of the Holocaust. The civilian vessel – designed to berth 400 passengers – carried 4,500 Displaced Persons as part of a motley flotilla assembled to ferry them from across Europe to sanctuary in Palestine, after a protracted battle of wills with the then British government.

Image: Ruth GruberRuth Gruber is a phenomenon. Now aged 96, her work in highlighting the plight of the Jewish people is ongoing and works such as Exodus 1947 show that nothing is stronger in bringing history to life than first-hand experience.

A journalist in her own right, Ruth Gruber illustrates in, at times, harrowing detail the events of the day and so brings a depth of emotion and passion to the subject that might otherwise be missing.

Beautifully crafted, the text is backed by over 100 of the author’s iconic photographs and so should be welcomed wholeheartedly to the pantheon of knowledge already available as a must read addition.

 


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