About Ruth


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ruth Ellen Gruber is an award-winning author, researcher, photographer and public speaker. The author of several well-reviewed books and numerous articles, she is an expert on contemporary Jewish issues in Europe as well as on European Country Music and the “imaginary Wild West.” She is the coordinator of  www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu, a web site project of the Rothschild Foundation Europe that serves as an on-line resource for Jewish heritage issues is 48 countries, and she is the Arnold Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston, SC, spring semester 2015. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in  September 2011 she received one of Poland’s highest honors granted to foreigners — the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit.