Guy Stern speaks at the Dallas Holocaust Museum

Posted on 09 Aug 2012 at 4:00am

Guy Stern, 90, one of the few remaining Ritchie Boys, speaks at the Dallas Holocaust Museum in conjunction with the current special exhibit at the museum.

The Ritchie Boys were a group of young, mostly Jewish, mostly German and Austrian boys who had immigrated to the United States. They were drafted into the United States Army, often after first being rejected as “enemy aliens,” and were trained at Camp Ritchie, the Military Intelligence Training Center, in Maryland.

They were there because they knew German language, culture, and mentality better than most American-born soldiers. Their existence was a well-kept secret and, to this day, the exploits and strategic importance of the Ritchie Boys is virtually unknown. This is the first exhibit telling the tales of these brave newcomers to America and how their willingness to join the fight against their homelands helped save the world from the scourge of Nazi terror.

DEETS: Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 N. Record St. 6 p.m. 214-741-7500.

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