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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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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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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.
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A super-important historical document.
14 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

This documentary gathers together many of the surviving members of a group nicknamed "the Ritchie Boys"---named after the training facility in Maryland that was set up to train soldiers to do intelligence work. And, since these particular soldiers spoke the languages (such as French and German) needed for the invasion of Europe in 1944, they were a very valuable asset. Not surprisingly, many of these men were Jews that had fled Germany during the rise of the Nazis.

While there is some narration, mostly the movie consists of just letting the men talk--giving their experiences and background, recounting little stories and reminiscing about their work. I actually liked this, as their lives were interesting enough and needed little embellishment other than some stock clips, photos and incidental music. I am very thankful the film was made, as these men are now quite elderly--and it's a chapter of the war seldom mentioned. It reminds me of a man who had flown in a B-17 during the war who volunteered at the Wright-Patterson Air Museum--just to answer questions and but sure that younger generations do not forget--and we are blessed to hear their stories and sacrifices.


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