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      Guy Stern: A Ritchie Boy Remembers in Novi

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      June 19, 2011

      Sunday   2:00 PM

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      Guy Stern: A Ritchie Boy Remembers

      Public is Invited to Attend Documentary "Guy Stern: A Ritchie Boy Remembers"
      Sunday, June 19, at Fox Run Retirement Community in Novi; Event is Free

      The Ritchie Boys Played a Key Role in the Defeat of the Nazis in WWII

      NOVI, MI (June 6, 2011) - Fox Run retirement community invites the public to attend "Guy Stern: A Ritchie Boy Remembers," a June 19 documentary presentation by Dr. Stern, who is one of the few surviving members of the Ritchie Boys who played a key role in the defeat of the Nazis in WWII. This event, which is free, will be held Sunday, June 19, at 2 p.m., at the Fox Run Performing Arts Center, 4100 13 Mile Road, in Novi.

      Dr. Stern, who is a Director at the Holocaust Museum in Farmington Hills, MI, was a member of the Ritchie Boys, a group of mostly Jewish refugees from Germany in WWII that the U.S. Army recruited, trained and sent back into Germany to infiltrate the Nazi effort. The Ritchie Boys consisted of about 10,000 young Jewish, Germans and Austrians who escaped from their countries of birth and immigrated to the United States. They mainly were drafted into the U.S. Army and were trained at the Military Intelligence Training Center, also known then as Camp Ritchie, and now as Fort Ritchie in Maryland.

      They were especially trained in methods of interrogation, investigation and psychological warfare. They were suitable for this kind of task because they knew the German language and mentality better than any American-born soldiers. The role of these soldiers was, therefore, to work in the front lines at interrogation, at strategic corps and army levels in analyzing German forces and plans, and also as member of the U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps, and to study the enemy, and demoralize him in order to achieve an unconditional surrender.

      After the Unites States declared war on Germany, the Ritchie Boys became a decisive weapon for the Allied powers. They entered Europe on D-Day on June 6, 1944 along with the other Allied troops. Shortly after reaching land they left their units and pursued their special tasks. They were able to feed the Allies valuable information. Moreover, the Ritchie Boys helped break German resistance by demoralizing them in both open and covert operations.

      They interrogated POWs and defectors to ascertain information about German force levels, troop movements, and the physical and psychological state of the Germans. By means of targeted disinformation via newspaper announcements, flyers, radio broadcasts, and sound trucks, the German population and military was prompted to cease their resistance against the Allied invasion.

      After the war, many of the Ritchie Boys served as interrogators and translators during the Nuremberg Trials.

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