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August 04, 2011 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-08-04

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n Sunday, July 24, the Holocaust

Memorial Center Zekelman
Family Campus in Farmington
Hills was filled for the opening of a new
traveling exhibit, "Secret Heroes: The
Ritchie Boys," which runs through Feb. 5.
The exhibit focuses on the lives and
achievements of a special band of World
War II soldiers fighting a psychological
war against the Nazis.
The Ritchie Boys were a little-known
American Army intelligence unit com-
prised primarily of Jewish soldiers,
mostly refugees who fled Nazi-controlled

by Jos hua Nowlc k l

Exhibit Opening

"Ritchie Boys" reunited.

Germany. They came to America, joined
the U.S. Army and then went back to
Europe with military training and a
deep knowledge of the enemy and the
landscape. The Ritchie Boys significantly
contributed to the Allied war effort and
were trained for military action in both the
European and Pacific theatre of operations.
Also at the opening, some surviving
members of the Ritchie Boys held a first-
ever reunion, nearly 70 years after their
wartime service.
For more information, call (248) 553-
2400, or visit www.holocaustcenter.org . I I



HMC executive director Stephen Goldman and Dr. Guy Stern, a Ritchie Boy and

director of the HMC's Institute of the Righteous

Dr. Guy Stern sits down in an simulated Army tent.

Ritchie Boy Gunter Kosse addresses the audience at the opening.


Ritchie Boy Paul Fairbrook

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Cohen with Ritchie Boy

Ritchie Boy Gunter Kosse, right, speaks about his

Richard Schifter


Enjoying Nature

Jewish Hikers venture into
Marshall Park in Ann Arbor.


n July 17, amid gorgeous weath-
er, Jewish Hikers took a leisurely
stroll in Marshall Park in Ann
Arbor. Flowers were blooming and the
shade of wooded trails offered some relief
from the sun.
The group is sponsored by Temple Beth
Emeth. The next hike is scheduled for
Aug. 21. For more information, go to www.
templeb ethemeth. org/section/hikers .

Wooded trails offered quiet shade.

Hikers ventured through a pipe on the

Butterflies greeted the hikers as they


passed wild flowers.

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