Ruth & Jack Gruener
The Grueners live in a house full of dolls, memorabilia, and family pictures, in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, a relatively new community near Jamaica Bay. As a survivor couple, they collaborated for many years to tell their stories to a broad audience of children and adults in the New York area. Once Jack began to show signs of dementia, Ruth continued to tell his story, alongside of hers. They worked together as interior designers and were grandparents to a large clan of children and grandchildren who remained nearby and visited regularly. Both of their stories were told in books and they were sought out as docents by visitors at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.