|Born||October 19, 1922|
|Died||May 9, 2006(aged 83)|
|Education||Queens College |
(m. 1943; div. 1958)
Peter Gay (m. 1959)
|Honors||National Jewish Book Award|
Ruth Gay (née Slotkin; October 19, 1922 – May 9, 2006) was a Jewish writer who wrote about Jewish life and won the 1997 National Jewish Book Award for non-fiction for Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America (1996).
Early life and education
Ruth Slotkin was born to parents Harry and Mary Pfeffer Slotkin on October 19, 1922, in New York City. Although she grew up in The Bronx, her family moved to Queen's due to her fathers job. As a result, she transferred to Queens College where she was a member of the leftist student Zionist organization. Slotkin earned a bachelor's degree from Queens College and a master's in library science from Columbia University in 1969.
From 1948 to 1950 she was the editor of the JDC Review of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In 1997, Gay received the National Jewish Book Award for nonfiction for her book "Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America." In 2002, she published "Safe Among the Germans: Liberated Jews After World War II" through the Yale University Press.
Gay died in 2006 from leukemia.
Ruth Slotkin was first married to sociologist Nathan Glazer in 1942; during this 15-year marriage they had three daughters. She published extensively in Commentary and other publications during this period. They divorced in 1957.
- Safe among the Germans liberated Jews after World War II (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002)
- Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997)
- The Jews of Germany: A Historical Portrait (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992)
- “Biographical Note.” Guide to the Ruth Gay Collection 1980s–1993, 2002. Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar.
- Paula E. Hyman. "Ruth Gay". jwa.org. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
- Fox, Margalit (May 11, 2006). "Ruth Gay, Author of Books About Jewish Life, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 11, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
- “Biographical Note.” Guide to the Ruth Gay Collection 1980s-1993, 2002. Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar.
- "Jewish refugee who became an eminent cultural historian". Irish Times. May 12, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2019.