Hailed by CBS’s 60 Minutes program as ”the secret U.S. unit bolstered by German-born Jews who helped beat Hitler,” the Ritchie Boys were honored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in May with its highest honor, the Elie Wiesel Award. This group of approximately 20,000 men was trained at Camp Ritchie near Cascade, Maryland, in the western part of the state. Estimates vary between 14-20% of those soldiers who were Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria.
Learn more about the history of this unique group of soldiers from Beverley Driver Eddy, Professor Emerita of German at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, author of the 2021 book Ritchie Boy Secrets: How a Force of Immigrants and Refugees Helped Win World War II. She will discuss her book with Todd DiPastino, author, historian, and founding director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, who will serve as moderator of the program. Also participating will be Dan Gross, known as the Ritchie Boys’ archivist and who has amassed information on thousands of Ritchie Boys.
Bernie Lubran and Jill Gay, two local children of Ritchie boys, will share their fathers’ stories and the effects those stories had on their children’s lives.
There will be a Q&A session at the end.
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