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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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A National Jewish Book Award–winning biography and a fascinating look at the early years of Israel’s statehood through the eyes of a pioneering nurse

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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: #150,600 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem. January 12, 2005
Format:Paperback
Extremely well written, a real page turner. I hated to put it down and would have read the whole of it in one sitting if I'd had the chance. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a great read, and who really cares to understand the heart of Israel's struggles for Statehood - from the human perspective.
First rate!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewish Heroine
I enjoyed this book very much. Raquela was a remarkable woman. I thought it was interesting that she and her Arab neighbors got along well until the governments got involved. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Polly A. Puckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book
Published 27 days ago by Theodore Dahlke
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy reading and mostly factual.
Published 29 days ago by Saul J. Schweber
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down
The book is beautifully written and reads like a novel - a very exciting one - rather than a biography. I learned some new history as well.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars A memoir of a great woman
An entire history lesson of Palestine leading up to the state of a Israel! !
An intimate portrayal of how Israelis have had to live under inhumane conditions and still have to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gingit22
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good.
Published 2 months ago by William Gross
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting and absorbing.
Published 2 months ago by grandmanene
5.0 out of 5 stars Raquela rocks it!
An incredible true story of a remarkable, dedicated, pioneering woman in the field of obstetrics told against the backdrop of the history of Israel!!
Published 3 months ago by Diane A. Hatcher
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 3 months 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 4 months ago by Colleen
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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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