Max's War: The Story of a Ritchie Boy (Paperback)

Max's War: The Story of a Ritchie Boy By Libby Fischer Hellmann Cover Image
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As the Nazis sweep across Europe, Jewish teen Max and his parents flee German persecution to Holland, where Max finds friends and a life-altering romance. But when Hitler invades in 1940, Max escapes to Chicago, leaving his parents and friends behind. When he learns of his parents' murder, Max immediately enlists in the US Army. After basic training he is sent to Camp Ritchie, Maryland, where he is trained in interrogation and counterintelligence.

Deployed to the OSS, Max carries out dangerous missions in Occupied countries. He also interrogates German POWs, especially after D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, where, despite life-threatening conditions, he elicits critical information about German troop movements.

Post-war, he works for the Americans in the German denazification program, bringing him back to his Bavarian childhood home of Regensburg. Though the city avoided large-scale destruction, the Jewish community was decimated. Max roams familiar yet strange streets, replaying memories of lives lost to unspeakable tragedy. While there, however, he reunites with someone from his past, who, like him, sought refuge abroad. Can they rebuild their lives... together?

This epic, suspenseful coming of age and war story is Libby Hellmann's tribute to her late father-in-law who was active with the OSS and interrogated dozens of German POWs.



Product Details
ISBN: 9798989253012
Publisher: Elizabeth F Hellmann
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English