January 27, 2018 | 6:30pm | Museum of Flight

"Victims to Soldiers: Ritchie Boys and Nisei Veterans"Sons and Soldiers

Author Bruce Henderson will share highlights from his latest book, "Sons and Soldiers." Run out of Germany by the Nazis, a small contingent of German Jewish intellectuals exacted the perfect revenge - returning to Europe as U.S. soldiers to defeat the enemy.

Director Lucy Ostrander will present an excerpt from her film "Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii."

Both groups were trained at Camp Ritchie in the Military Intelligence Service. Using their language skills, they were crucial in the Allied Victory.

Plus, meet three veterans, Ritchie Boys Stephen Lewy and Henry Butler, and Nisei veteran Frank Muramatsu.

Free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by the Nisei Veterans Committee, Museum of Flight, the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, and the Japanese American and Jewish Communities Committee.

 

About "Sons and Soldiers"

Kirkus Reviews named "Sons and Soldiers" one fo the best American non-fiction books of 2017.

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.