Ahead of Time: The Life & Times of Ruth Gruber

Ahead of Time, a new documentary, tells the remarkable true story of Ruth Gruber. Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Gruber became the youngest person in the world (let alone woman) to earn a Ph.D degree; she did so at the age of 20 from the University of Cologne, where she majored in German Philosophy, Modern English Literature, and Art History.

While in Germany, Gruber witnessed Nazi rallies and later returned to America with an acute awareness of the dangers posed by Nazism. Beginning her career in journalism, she returned to Germany on a secret mission for the FDR administration and photographed Holocaust refugees. (You can see the photos Gruber captured in this post, and absolutely don’t miss the video interview with the 99-year-old Ruth at the bottom of that page). After the war, Gruber continued working as a foreign correspondent and photojournalist – a career that has spanned seven decades.

The short clip above offers a preview of Ahead of Time, which airs on Showtime tonight (Monday, March 7) at 5:30PM ET/PT, tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8) at 8PM ET/PT, and Friday, March 11 at 4PM ET/PT. For a complete list of Ahead of Time showings, see here. Ahead of Time promises to explain the long and incredibly inspiring career of Ruth Gruber as a journalist, lecturer, author, photographer, and humanitarian. Don’t miss it!

Eugene Buchko is a blogger and photographer living in Atlanta, GA. He maintains a photoblog, Erudite Expressions, and writes about what he reads on his reading blog.

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