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‘Ahead of Time’ on SUNY Oswego Campus 3/10/11

21 February 2011

SUNY Oswego presents Ahead of Time, the documentary on Ruth Gruber; the film will be screened Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7 PM, at Tyler Hall in Waterman Theater on the SUNY Oswego campus. Following the screening, Ahead of Time Executive Producer Doris Schechter will discuss the film and a video chat with Ruth Gruber is planned. This event is free and open to the public.

Ruth Gruber

Ahead of Time tells the remarkable journey of 99 year-old Ruth Gruber. She defied tradition when, in 1931 at age 20, Ms. Gruber became the youngest person to earn a PhD. She continued to make history: becoming the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, escorting Holocaust refugees from Italy to Fort Ontario’s Safe Haven* in a secret mission in 1944, covering the Nuremberg trials in 1946, and documenting the ordeal of the refugees aboard the ship Exodus 1947. The film is the directorial debut of noted cinematographer Bob Richman (The September Issue, An Inconvenient Truth, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster).

Doris Schechter opened the New York bakery My Most Favorite Dessert Company in 1982; she’s the author of the establishment’s 2001 cookbook as well as At Oma’s Table: More than 100 Recipes and Remembrances from a Jewish Family’s Kitchen (2007) which is, in part, a memoir of her family’s journey from Austria to Italy to the US (including a stay as refugees in Oswego). Ms. Schechter is one of the executive producers of Ahead of Time.

For more information on the film, please visit aheadoftimethemovie.com

*Oswego’s Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is dedicated to keeping alive the stories of the 982 refugees from World War II–allowed into the US as “guests” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, they were housed at Fort Ontario from 1944 to 1946. For more information, please visit www.oswegohaven.org or contact the center: P.O. Box 846, Oswego NY 13126; phone 315.342.3003; e-mail safehaven@cnymail.org

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