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About This Event

Time: May 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. EDT

Ticket: Free, Registration Not Required

Location: Virtual Event

  • A German Jewish refugee poses with his American army unit at Camp Ritchie, circa 1945. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Otto Perl
  • A German Jewish refugee poses with his American army unit at Camp Ritchie, circa 1945. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Otto Perl

When Jewish refugees immigrated to the United States to flee from Nazi persecution, they offered unique skill sets to their new country’s  military. They understood the German language, culture, and psychology and were personally motivated to defeat the Nazis. A group of immigrant soldiers, dubbed the “Ritchie Boys,” trained at Camp Ritchie, and became one of the greatest secret weapons for US Army intelligence. 

Join the Museum and the United States Military Academy at West Point to explore these lesser known stories of individuals who escaped the Nazis and later returned to Europe to fight.

Speaker
David Frey, Professor, United States Military Academy at West Point

Moderator
Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Watch live at facebook.com/holocaustmuseum and join in the conversation using #USHMM and #AskWhy. You do not need a Facebook account to view our program. After the live broadcast, the recording will be available to watch on demand on the Museum's Facebook page.