Dr. Ruth, the famous sex therapist, was once a sniper in the Israeli army!
Dr. Ruth was born Karola Ruth Siegel in Germany, in 1928. Her entire family was murdered during the holocaust, but not before her mother and grandmother managed to send her away to the safety of Switzerland.
She was 17 years old when WWII ended. Orphaned, ans with nowhere to call home, she moved to Israel. She was dedicated to building a Jewish homeland and joined Haganah, an underground Jewish military organisation.
Her skills as a lethal sniper were discovered in her teenage years. Despite being tiny, she was also amazingly accurate at throwing hand grenades.
On her 20th birthday, just as she completed her watch, an Arab shell exploded at her feet. The metal pierced her legs, leaving her with severe injuries and cutting her military career short. The incident left three others dead and many severely wounded.
During the span of her career as a sex therapist, author and media personality, Dr Ruth received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, the Medal for Distinguished Service from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University, as well as many other awards.
“I am what you call bold because the one thing that I've learned coming out of Nazi Germany, is that I have to stand up and be counted for what I believe. And that is how people are listening to me, because they know it is not a put-on” – Dr Ruth Westheimer.