Sons and soldiers The untold story of the Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the U.S. Army to fight Hitler

Bruce B. Henderson, 1946-

Sound recording - 2017

In 1942, the US Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 German-born Jews in special interrogation techniques and making use of their mastery of the German language, history, and customs. Bruce Henderson draws on personal interviews with many surviving veterans and extensive archival research to bring this never-before-told chapter of the Second World War to light.

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Published
[Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Publishing [2017]
[New York] : [2017]
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Item Description
Title from the disc label.
Physical Description
11 audio discs (13 hr., 15 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9781538419625
1538419629
Main Author
Bruce B. Henderson, 1946- (author)
Other Authors
Brett Barry (narrator)
  • Prologue: Germany 1938
  • Saving the children
  • Escaping the Nazis
  • A place to call home
  • Camp Ritchie
  • Going back
  • Normandy
  • The breakout
  • Holland
  • The forests
  • Return to Deutschland
  • The camps
  • Denazification
  • Going home.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Drawing on veteran interviews and archival research, an account of the contributions of the German-born Jewish-American soldiers known as the Ritchie Boys describes how they risked their lives to join major combat units and gather crucial intelligence from German POWs.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Joining the ranks of Unbroken, Band of Brothers, and Boys in the Boat, the little-known saga of young German Jews, dubbed The Ritchie Boys, who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, came of age in America, and returned to Europe at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory.In 1942, the U.S. Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 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, 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 never-before-told chapter of the Second World War to light. Sons and Soldiers traces their stories from childhood and their escapes from Nazi Germany, through their feats and sacrifices during the war, to their desperate attempts to find their missing loved ones in war-torn Europe. Sons and Soldiers is an epic story of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten.