From time to time, life will feed you one of those amazing facts which will rock your worldview and change the entire way in which you look at a person. Much of the world will know Dr. Ruth as the short little old lady who talks pretty explicitly about sex. Many were captivated by her wisdom while others were just dumbfounded at what looked like their grandmother talking a whole lot about sex.
Whatever you may have thought about Dr. Ruth, it is likely you never sat back and wondered if she was an Israeli trained sniper who fought for the creation of the Jewish State. Just don’t say that within a 1,000 yards of her because I hate to rock your worldview, but that is exactly who she is. Dr. Ruth, sex therapist extraordinaire and Israeli Sniper.
An Unbelievable Life
Born Karola Ruth Siegal, a younghad the horrible misfortune of watching her father taken away by the Nazis in 1930’s Germany. While that would not be an uncommon experience for young Jewish children of that era, Ruth was fortunate to be sent to a Swiss boarding school in 1939 by her mother and grandmother. Ruth would never see a member of her family again.
As the war raged around her in Europe, Ruth was to be raised in this boarding school from the age of 11 on. While she remained in contact with her family through letters, those ceased in 1941 as her parents became another tragic casualty of the Holocaust. She never knew for certain what happened to her parents, but as the world become shockingly aware of the Nazi atrocities, it became quite apparent they did not survive Hitler’s Germany.
Meanwhile at the boarding school, Ruth was beginning to show her zeal for independence much to the annoyance of school leadership. An avid reader, it was reported that from an early age that she was unafraid and unashamed to tackle taboo conversations.
When the war ended, Ruth found herself a 17-year-old Jewish girl with no family in the middle of war-torn Europe. As a result, she immigrated to Palestine as did many Holocaust survivors and their families. And as tragic as her childhood had been, her story was about to take a fascinating turn.
The State of Israel
Shortly after arriving in Palestine, Dr. Ruth became captivated by the idea of establishing a Jewish homeland and joined the Haganah, which was an underground militant organization fighting for the establishment of a Jewish State. Ruth would not chalk this up to spectacular bravery as she reports everyone was part of one organization or another attempting to establish a homeland. The Haganah was a fierce fighting group that would later go on to become the core of the Israeli Defense Force.
While training, it was determined that due to Ruth’s short 4’7” stature that she would make an excellent sniper as he would be hard to see. And while that might seem like an absurd reasoning, it turns out that young Dr. Ruth was an amazing shot. By her own admission, she was surprised at just how excellent a marksman she was and she couldn’t attribute any reason why that was so.
However, the Haganah handed her a sniper rifle and trained her to throw grenades. So keep that in mind next time you watch this grandmother dishing out sex advice and know that this lady could kill you in multiple ways.
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