60 Minutes' special report of an hour on the Ritchie Boys was presented this week by 60 Minutes. This group of men worked in secret as part of a U.S. military intelligence unit during World War II. Many of these soldiers were German-born Jews, who fled the Nazis to seek refuge in America. These men received training in psychological warfare and espionage in the United States. They came back to Europe with a better understanding of the culture and language of their native country, which helped them win the war for the Allies.
Guy Stern, 100 years old is one of the oldest living Ritchie Boys. Jon Wertheim, 60 Minutes' correspondent, met Guy Stern at Farmington Hills' Holocaust Memorial Center, where he works.
Stern, who was made a professor following the second world war, shared with 60 Minutes some of his mementos and honors for his military service.
Guy Stern told Wertheim, "If you live long enough,"
Stern displayed 60 Minutes with his Bronze Star and French Legion of Honor. This is one of the most prestigious civilian recognitions that the French can bestow.
Stern also showed Wertheim "one of our most effective leaflets" during World War II. Stern explained to Wertheim that many German soldiers found the leaflet and kept it secretly. He also said that it had the signature of General Dwight Eisenhower.
The video below shows more Stern's World War II artifacts.
This video was originally published January 2, 2022 by Keith Zubrow and Sarah Shafer Prediger. Sarah Shafer Prediger edited it.