Sons and Soldiers

Sons and Soldiers

The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned With the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

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As Jewish families were trying desperately to get out of Europe during the menacing rise of Hitler's Nazi party, some chose to send their young sons away to uncertain futures in America, perhaps never to see them again. As these boys became young men, they were determined to join the fight in Europe. In 1942, the U.S. Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 of these German-born Jews in special interrogation techniques and making use of their mastery of the German language, history, and customs. Known as the Ritchie Boys after the Maryland camp where they were trained, they were sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they interrogated German POWs and gathered crucial intelligence that saved American lives and helped win the war. Though they knew what the Nazis would do to them if they were captured, the Ritchie Boys eagerly joined the fight to defeat Hitler. As they did, many of them did not know the fates of their own families left behind in occupied Europe. Taking part in every major campaign in Europe, they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions. A postwar Army report found that more than sixty percent of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys. Bruce Henderson draws on personal interviews with many surviving veterans and extensive archival research to bring this chapter of the Second World War to light.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062419095
0062419099
Characteristics: xii, 429 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

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GODBlessesme
Nov 14, 2017

excellent read of history and a story that indeed needed to be told, more from the Greatest Generation!

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johnbacich
Oct 11, 2017

The author is accumulating a whole shelf of good books to read. A must for WW2 fans.

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wyenotgo
Sep 23, 2017

Reminiscent of "The Women who Wrote the War", to the extent that it's highly journalistic in style and content. Henderson traces the early lives a half dozen Jewish boys and young men (i.e. their escape from Nazi-controlled Europe) and follows their transition into U.S. soldiers and their return to play a vital part in defeating the Hitler regime. The most remarkable aspect of their story is surely the sheer courage it took for them to return to the field of battle, knowing that were they to be captured, they would almost certainly not be treated as ordinary POWs but rather would be killed, as indeed some of them were.

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mikeedm
Sep 16, 2017

Interesting well told story of refugees who escaped Nazi persecution and returned to Europe as US soldiers in WWII.

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