The 2019 Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will feature “The Ritchie Boys,” a fascinating documentary telling the little-known story of Jewish refugees from Austria, Romania, and Germany who volunteer to fight the Nazis.
Realizing their potential espionage value, the U.S. military trained them at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. In this tale of bravery and chutzpah, five “Ritchie Boys” relate their memories of rigorous intelligence training, frontline experiences, propaganda, and prisoner interrogation.
Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Paul Michael Lutzeler, Director of the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature and Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Lutzeler has extensively written about German and Austrian Exile Literature (1933-1945), as well as the idea of Europe in German and European literature and 19th- and 20th-century German literature.
The screening, co-sponsored by the Triple Chai group of Central Reform Congregation, will be at 1 p.m. on March 31 in the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater at 12 Millstone Campus Drive. The film is in English and some German with English subtitles. Films in this Sunday series are free and open to the public.
Learn more and RSVP at HMLC.org/Rosenberg-Film-Series. For further information, call 314-442-3711. The 2019 Sunday Afternoon Film Series is generously sponsored by Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg. There will be no film in April because of Passover and no film in May because of Memorial Day.