Sons and Soldiers (audiobook)

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

Read by Brett Barry
13.3 hrs • 11 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 07/25/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 07/25/17 9781538419625
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 07/25/17 9781538419632
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In 1942, the U.S. Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 German-born Jews in special interrogation techniques and making use of their mastery of the German language, history, and customs. Known as the Ritchie Boys, they were sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they interrogated German POWs and gathered crucial intelligence that saved American lives and helped win the war.

Though they knew what the Nazis would do to them if they were captured, they eagerly joined the fight to defeat Hitler. As they did, many of them did not know the fates of their own families left behind in occupied Europe. Taking part in every major campaign in Europe, they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions. A postwar Army report found that more than sixty percent of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys.

Bruce Henderson draws on personal interviews with many surviving veterans and extensive archival research to bring this never-before-told chapter of the Second World War to light. Sons and Soldiers traces their stories from childhood and their escapes from Nazi Germany, through their feats and sacrifices during the war, to their desperate attempts to find their missing loved ones in war-torn Europe. Sons and Soldiers is an epic story of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten.

Review Quotes

“A revelatory work about a group of Jewish men whose World War II journeys are so implausible and heroic it’s difficult to understand why so few of us knew about them before now. A book of fear, flight, and almost divine retribution.”

Steve Twomey, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

“Reads like an adventure thriller and sheds new light on one of the most compelling stories of World War II.”

“Thrilling…A gripping addition to the literature of the period and an overdue tribute to these unique Americans.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An ably researched and written account of a previously unknown facet of the American-Jewish dimension of WWII.”

Publishers Weekly

“Chronicles how, despite great personal risk if their Jewish identity was discovered, these soldiers were on the front lines in Europe, gathering crucial intelligence…Henderson presents an inspiring account of a little-known aspect of WWII.”


“An inspiring story about a group of men who took up arms for their adopted country against their former countrymen. Fans of Stephen Ambrose and World War II histories will enjoy this look into a little-known aspect of US Army operations.”

Library Journal

Sons and Soldiers tells the remarkable story of how two thousand German-born Jews were able to get the crucial intelligence that saved American lives and helped win World War II…The message of their courage and patriotism should not be lost in today’s war on terrorism.”

Leon Panetta, former director of the CIA and former secretary of defense