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Author Henderson, Bruce.

Title Sons and soldiers : the untold story of the Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the U.S. Army to fight Hitler / Bruce Henderson.

Publication Info. New York : William Morrow, 2017.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Parsons Non-Fiction  940.53 H496    ---  Available
 PHS Non-Fiction  HOLOCAUST 940.53 HENDERSON    ---  DUE 04-27-20
Edition First edition.
Description xii, 429 pages : illustrations, 25 cm.
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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 Campus -- Denazification -- Going Home
Summary Sons and Soldiers begins during the menacing rise of Hitler's Nazi party, as Jewish families were trying desperately to get out o Europe. Bestselling author Bruce Henderson captures the heartbreaking stories of parents choosing 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. Henderson describes how they were recruited into the U.S. Army and how their unique mastery of the German language and psychology was put to use to interrogate German prisoners of war. These young men--known as the Ritchie Boys, after the Maryland camp where they trained--knew what the Nazis would do to them if they were captured. Yet they leapt at the opportunity to be sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movement, and defensive positions that saved American lives and helped win the war. A postwar army report found that nearly 60 percent of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys. Sons and Soldiers draws on original interviews and extensive archival research to vividly re-create the stories of six of these men, tracing their journeys from childhood through their escapes from Europe, their feats and sacrifices during the war, and finally their desperate attempts to find their missing loved ones. Sons and Soldiers is an epic story of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten. A triumph! More than seventy years after World War II ended, historians scramble to unearth a fresh story. With Sons and Soldiers, Bruce Henderson has found one. This gripping account of German Jews who fled their nation only to return as members of an elite U.S. Army unit to help defeat the Nazis tugs at every emotion.
Source B&T 10.2017 PARS
Subject World War -- 1939-1945 -- United States.
Jews -- German -- United States.
Jewish soldiers -- United States.
Military intelligence -- United States.
Participation -- Jewish -- United States.
ISBN 9780062419095 (hc)
0062419099 (hc)

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