Saved from Nazi Holocaust, she grew in spirit to be a world leader.
In 1935, Ruth was in born to an unmarried Jewish mother in Germany.
Fearing the Nazi persecution, Ruth was sent to England on the “kinder transport“ to be raised by a Church of England priest.
He raised in the Christian faith, and with help, he also raised her in the Jewish faith.
Her faith guided her life and enabled her to build bridges between different groups, even at an early age.
Follow her story as she grows up and becomes an engineer on the Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Project.
Her story is guaranteed to raise your hopes and show how to overcome the differences we all share.
A sensational view at overcoming religious and ethnic intolerance
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As with his first book, Gordon sets both a mood and a respectful homage in his Preface: ‘It was late winter in 1935, when the young Jewish girl gave birth to her baby girl, in the German town of Kitzigen. The child’s father, a soldier who decided that being the father of a Jewish child would not help his progression through the ranks of Hitler’s army, deserted her. Her family was not critical of her; instead, they showed understanding and supported her through the pregnancy. She named the child, Ruth. Ruth’s grandfather ran a successful civil engineering company that dealt with the British manufacturer, Sir William Bromfield. Sir William spent most of his time visiting German enterprises that dealt with his engineering supply companies. Their business relationship had developed into a genuine friendship. For Jews, life became unbearable in Germany as it became the practice for any senior German Officer to just take whatever Jewish belongings they wanted.’ And from this beginning Gordon accompanies us on a tour f the downfall of the Jews and the kinder transport and young Ruth’s entering into the Bromfield family.
Or as the fine synopsis distils it, ‘She escaped Nazi persecution as a child, then grew to become an inspirational leader. In 1935, Ruth, was born to an unmarried Jewish mother in Germany. Fearing the Nazi persecution Ruth was sent to England on the “kinder transport“ and raised by a Church of England priest. Ruth was raised as a Christian Jew and her faith guided her life and enabled her to build bridges between different groups even at an early age. She grew to become a giant in the largest construction company in the world, where she implemented a unique social interaction system that united people from different backgrounds and beliefs. Her story will raise your hopes and show how to overcome the differences we all share. An inspirational look at overcoming religious and ethnic intolerance.’
At book’s end, as is typical of Gordon’s writing, the touching personal aspects enter and the plaque that was erected in Germany: ‘This plaque and statue serve as a symbol of the thousands of Jewish children who were put on the ‘Kinder Transport’ in 1938 by their parents so they could escape the persecution The statue depicts Jewish Mother Martha Czlowiek handing her child to an English priest aboard the train. The man standing beside her is Sir William 7th Baronet Bloomfield’. Martha and Sir William were shot before the train departed’.
As with each of Gordon’s Smith’s books, this is a factual, historically accurate and deeply moving salute to humanity and the value of the human soul.
Grady Harp, September 16