Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned With the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

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Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned With the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler
By Bruce Henderson
William Morrow, 2017
448 pp.
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During World War II, almost 2,000 young Jewish men who had escaped to the United States from Austria and Nazi Germany and who now wished to serve their new country were sent to Camp Ritchie, in Maryland, where they were trained for intelligence and interrogation work. Their detailed knowledge of German military tactics and culture played a vital role in gathering information as U.S. forces fought to liberate Europe. Henderson tells this tale skillfully, through the stories of eight young men who faced Nazi persecution and then returned to a shattered Germany as officers of a victorious army. They survived a powerful set of experiences: facing persecution, being separated from their parents (most of whom died in the Holocaust), arriving in a new country, fighting in vicious battles, liberating concentration camps, and achieving a clear but poignant triumph. Henderson’s narrative never flags, with vivid descriptions of the men parachuting into France on D-Day, persuading captured German soldiers to hand over vital information during the Battle of the Bulge, and tracking down war criminals.