Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the US Army to Fight Hitler
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $29
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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 and customs.
Known as the Ritchie Boys, they were sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe. They interrogated German POWs and gathered crucial intelligence, saving American lives and helping win the war. Join author Bruce Henderson to hear their story, as he draws on personal interviews with many surviving veterans and archival research to bring this never-before-told chapter of WWII to light in his new book, Sons and Soldiers.