1:03:12 Life as a Ritchie Boy
As part of the D-Day+70 Years Commemoration weekend at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, June 6-7, 2014, Dr. Guy Stern presents “Life as a Ritchie Boy.”
Guenther Stern, born 1922 in Hildesheim, Germany was the only member of his family of five who escaped and emigrated to the USA in 1937. In 1942, after turning 18, Guenther, now called Guy, was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was sent to Camp Ritchie and became a POW interrogator. Two days after D-Day, he arrived in Germany to interrogate German prisoners. He later received the Bronze Star for his “method of mass interrogation.” After Germany’s capitulation, he learned that his family perished in the Warsaw-Ghetto. Guy became a professor of German Language and Literature at Columbia University. Today he is Distinguished Professor for German at Wayne State University in Detroit.