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Raquela: A Woman of Israel [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Gruber
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A National Jewish Book Award–winning biography: A fascinating look at the early years of Israel’s statehood experienced through the life of a pioneering nurse

During her extraordinary career, nurse Raquela Prywes was a witness to history. She delivered babies in a Holocaust refugee camp and on the Israeli frontier. She crossed minefields to aid injured soldiers in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and organized hospitals to save the lives of those fighting the 1967 Six-Day War. Along the way, her own life was a series of triumphs and tragedies mirroring those of the newly formed Jewish state.

Raquela is a moving tribute to a remarkable woman, and an unforgettable chronicle of the birth of Israel through the eyes of those who lived it.

 

 



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Raquela Prywes lived on the front lines of Israel's history. A ninth-generation Jerusalemite, she found her true calling as a hospital and battlefield nurse, delivering babies in the infamous Athlit detention camp, where Holocaust survivors were interned by the British, and literally walking across minefields to tend the wounded during the 1948 War of Independence.

Surrounded by men of uncommon bravery, Raquela fell passionately in love with the handsome young captain of one of the refugee ships and had to choose between him and the brilliant and distinguished doctor who waited for her back in Jerusalem. Upon her return to Israel, she helped to found the first hospital in the desert frontier of Beersheba, where she delivered the babies of Bedouin women and Jewish immigrants, eventually organizing the hospitals credited with saving Israeli soldiers during the Six-Day War.  

Alive with the courage of a rare woman and a rugged nation, Raquela tells the powerful and deeply moving story of an Israeli woman who knew passionate love, great danger, and shattering loss and who witnessed the darkest -- and most triumphant -- moments in the history of the Jewish people. This edition of Raquela, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1978, includes an introduction by best-selling novelist Faye Kellerman.

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  • File Size: 1261 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (October 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00466H4NU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raquela a woman of israel March 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
this is a beautifully written book.it is actually the history of the forming of the state of israel but it reads like a novel.i found it to be extremely informative & written with great sensitivity. i had to put the book down for several days at a time to absorb the strong emotional content.this is a must read for all jews & non jews,alike.raquella was an incredibly intelligent, motivated & strong woman.she accomlished much in her life & was an extremely humble human being. enjoy our history!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful biography that reads like a novel May 5, 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book is, in one sense, the biography of a woman whose family has always lived in Jerusalem but in another sense it is a novel of one woman's life as she grows up, falls in love, gets married, has children, loses her son and child.
It is also a novel of how politics and personal life intersect: here we find Arab-Jewish relations ruptured during the Hebron Massacre only to be re-constituted again after the formation of the State of Israel; here we find Raquela's son killed in one war amongst many; here we see the international aid traded for guns in the refugee camps. And above all, here we see the heartbreak and the triumph of one woman, one Jerusalemite, who lives in her own country.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Israel and Israelis, be they Arab or Jews or Christian.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Admirable Woman June 17, 2004
By Sherry
Format:Paperback
I read this book when I was 15 years old. Wow! I was SOOO impressed with Raquela's courage and integrity that at that point I decided if I had a daughter I would name her Raquela. Nine years later, I had a baby girl and her name is Raquela. I read this book again a few years ago and was once again impressed. Just a month ago my husband, daughter, Raquela, and I were able to go to Israel and I saw Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. My daughter was able to see and walk the same places as her namesake. Ruth Gruber beautifully laid this story out and I agree it reads like a novel and is very hard to put down.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reader February 16, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much and couldn't wait to finish it to see what happened next. I also learned alot from this book on how the people of that time had coped, had courage, and the strength to try and live their lives. I though of Raquela as an ingretible woman with lots of strenght and mental power.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous readable account ! June 22, 2005
Format:Paperback
Terrific story, well-told, exciting, thrilling, heartwarming, and real. An eye-opener to what really went on there and just how hard the Israeli people had to fight. I have never throughout all my education and reading understood Israel the way I did through Raquela's eyes. I had no idea the British were involved in that way, and was disappointed to learn of it. I learned a lot from this book from the perspective of an Israeli-born Israeli. The internment camps were dispicable, the people who ran them disgusting and almost as guilty as nazis.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful biography that reads like a novel May 5, 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book is, in one sense, the biography of a woman whose family has always lived in Jerusalem but in another sense it is a novel of one woman's life as she grows up, falls in love, gets married, has children, loses her son and child.
It is also a novel of how politics and personal life intersect: here we find Arab-Jewish relations ruptured during the Hebron Massacre only to be re-constituted again after the formation of the State of Israel; here we find Raquela's son killed in one war amongst many; here we see the international aid traded for guns in the refugee camps. And above all, here we see the heartbreak and the triumph of one woman, one Jerusalemite, who lives in her own country.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Israel and Israelis, be they Arab or Jews or Christian.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! March 24, 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is a wonderfully told life story of an amazing woman! I couldnt put it down!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing October 9, 2005
By Valerie
Format:Paperback
This biography details in vivid tones the life of a ninth generation Jerusalemite. Through her life we see the history of modern Israel, joys and hardships, wars and victories, all in personal terms without any heavy-handedness. Because it reads like a novel, it is engrossing; because it is a true story it is amazing. Ruth Gruber paints a rich and vivid portrait of the woman and of the nation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read! An inside look about what the ...
Very interesting read! An inside look about what the Jewish people had to go through while living in Israel during WWII.
Published 14 days ago by Pamela D. Risner
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who has an interest in the history of Israel....
Raquela's story covers before Israel became a state until late 70's early 80's. If you have a heart for Israel you will love this book.
Published 1 month ago by Colleen
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read for about two-thirds, but then it just dragged.
A good read, especially the first half. After awhile however, it began to drag, and it just went on too long. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alvin Rosenbloom
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING READ!
This is a book for everyone..all ages...both men and women and those of every faith.
In all honesty, I am drawn to this type of book. It is both historical and momentous! Read more
Published 5 months ago by cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is so very good. Brings one into the land of Israel with such detail. If you've never been you will feel like you are there, if you have been to Israel you will be able... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cyndi
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This book was OK but it could be better. I expected a more moving and informative story and this did not provide it.
Published 10 months ago by Hope Hoenig
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
This book is well worth reading. Great story line and I learned a lot more about Jewish history and what these people endured.
Published 10 months ago by janet muto
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruber found one woman whose life reflects modern Israel
This is non-fiction. Raquela is a ninth generation Israeli, born in the 20s, whose life parallels that of modern Israel. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary L. Misch
5.0 out of 5 stars raquela
Great book. I really enjoyed it. I also learned a lot. Being of a certain age Jewish history was not taught in pubic schools.
Published 12 months ago by Beth Fleischman
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
A very good read. Well-written and wraps the author around a bit of significant history. Arrived in good condition, well worth the price.
Published 12 months ago by wexy
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Ruth Gruber is an award-winning Jewish American journalist, photographer, and humanitarian. She was born in Brooklyn in 1911 and is the author of nineteen books, including the National Jewish Book Award-winning biography Raquela (1978).

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