New York, Current Books, 1948. Hardcover. Item #38337
First edition. Original blue cloth boards with original illustrated blue, black, yellow, and white dust jacket with photograph of Shoah survivors crammed into the Haganah ship Exodus. 8vo. 134 pages,  pages of plates; 21 cm. 6 word inscription in blue pen from Gruber. Ruth Gruber, who died in 2016 at the age of 105, “was an American journalist, photographer, writer, humanitarian, and a United States government official...Gruber witnessed the Exodus 1947 ship entering the Haifa harbor after it was intercepted by the Royal Navy while making an attempt to deliver 4, 500 Jewish refugees. To meet the refugees, Gruber flew to Cyprus, where she witnessed and photographed refugees detained by the British. The British then sent the refugees to Port-de-Bouc in France and Gruber went there. The refugees refused to disembark, however, and, after 18 days standoff, the British decided to ship the Jews back to Germany. Out of many journalists from around the world reporting on the affair, Gruber alone was allowed by the British to accompany the DPs back to Germany. Aboard the prison ship Runnymede Park, Gruber photographed the refugees, confined in a wire cage with barbed wire on top, defiantly raising a Union Jack flag on which they had painted a swastika” (Wikipedia, 2017) . Includes 32 pages of photographs taken by the author with compelling captions. “You had to smell Cyprus to believe it. ” SUBJECT(S) : Jewish refugees, Exodus 1947, Palestine, Emigration and immigration. Some edgewear and toning to dust jacket. Layer of dust on top edge. Minimal pencil markings that do not affect text. Minimal dampstaining. Very good condition. (WOMEN-6-2).