During World War II, the allies had a secret weapon: German-born Jews who volunteered their service in the U.S. military were trained in interrogating prisoners and collecting information. The 2,000 man team, known as Ritchie Boys, served in European combat and, according to Henderson, were directly responsible for 60% of the intelligence collected there.
Bruce Henderson spent years interviewing a handful of former Ritchie Boys, and their story is very compelling. Having barely escaped the Nazi’s in Europe, many of these men were just teenagers when they emigrated to the United States. Nearly all of them left their families behind.
Henderson did an impressive job of weaving these stories along with the greater military picture, producing a highly readable, engaging work of non-fiction. I’ve read quite a few World War II memoirs, and this is up there with the best. I highly recommend it! Many thanks to William Morrow Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2017
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