Ritchie Boys

Sometimes he told us in a very humorous style about his adventures as a “Ritchie Boy”, as a double agent, clothed like a German soldier (but working for the CIA) going into the German camps to spy during 1944-1945. But then always the same problem with friendly fire: trying to join his US-Army again coming back from the wrong side, dressed like a German soldier, talking very bad English … more at http://www.ritchieboys.com/EN/home.html movie about the young men who fled Nazi Germany, were trained at Camp Richie, Maryland, and then returned to Europe as soldiers (sometimes as a spy in German uniform) …

J = Joe

Originally uploaded by Frizztext

Joseph “Joe” Winter (formerly a Stuttgart inhabitant, later a New Yorker) managed to escape from the 3rd Reich, from the Nazi-KZ’s [German concentration camps], left his hometown Stuttgart 1940, joined the US-Army, came back 1944 as an US-soldier (ritchieboys) [the RITCHIE BOYS], went to the Nazi photo-shop owner, who had robbed his camera 1940, got his camera back, and in the USA again he made many wonderful pictures and won prizes.

He even jumped over the Millenium border too; he liked to read his daily New York Times on his 80 acres-farm some miles north of NYC near the Umpachene Falls, Massachusetts – and encouraged my wife and me to love photography… (though we, Germans, talked that language of the murders); Joe Winter’s story is in the Steven Spielberg‘s Shoa Foundation

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  6. Thanks for sharing this article.



  7. This is a heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing, Frizz …
    It sounds like a strong bond was made by two very defferent
    people. Very touching ….


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