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During WWII, the U.S. formed an elite intelligence unit -- mostly German Jewish academics -- at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Tasked with devising ways to break the morale of the SS, these men ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Michael Hanrahan ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Werner Angress ...
Victor Brombert ...
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Philip Glaessner ...
Hans Peter Hallwachs ...
Narrator (voice)
Fred Howard ...
Si Lewen ...
Thomas Mann ...
Himself (archive footage)
Rudy Michaels ...
Morris Parloff ...
Richard Schifter ...
Hans Spear ...
Guy Stern ...


During WWII, the U.S. formed an elite intelligence unit -- mostly German Jewish academics -- at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Tasked with devising ways to break the morale of the SS, these men are often credited with bringing an early end to the war. Some of these heroes, who are now in the eighties, are reunited in this documentary. Written by IMDb Editors

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13 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Die Ritchie Boys  »

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Christian Bauer was only able to fund this movie after making Missing Allen: The Man Who Became a Camera (2002). See more »


[first lines]
title cards: Between 1933 and 1939, countless Germans, Austrians, and Czechoslovakians flee their home countries. For them, a visa to the United States is the most valuable document in the world.
Guy Stern: I emigrated to America in October 1939. Germany permitted people like myself to leave, provided you didn't have very much. We arrived in New York with $3 - my mother had $3 and I had $3. America was a fantasy at that point, which turned out to be a reality.
Guy Stern: [lecturing] Who were the first ones who did ...
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Hitler & his party were MORONS
22 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not only was it stupid to strike out militarily and try to conquer the world, not only was it moronic for the leader of a nation to cast himself in the role of messiah, not only was it idiocy of the first order to practice a religion of racial superiority, the Nazi's and their fuehrer were incredibly foolish to expel and kill the Jews! This little documentary demonstrates how effectively German Jews were able to help bring down the Third Reich during WWII by effectively interrogating German POW's the allies had captured, getting Wermacht soldiers to surrender and such. Had Hitler had the Jews on his side, had he cultivated them for the loyal citizens they were and mined their fantastic intellect, he may have built a better Germany. But, meglo- maniacs never use logic nor practice humility.

This movie was sobering in some of the vivid descriptions of combat and other realities of war, just as much as it made you realize that there are some wars that cannot be avoided if we wish to maintain civilization. More wars like that will come.

It was also great fun to see so many of these old guys enjoying life and having kept sharp mentally after all these years and all those experiences.

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