A new traveling exhibit is on display at the Holocaust Memorial Center
Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills”Secret Heroes: The Ritchie
Boys,” which runs through February 5, 2012, focuses on the lives and
achievements of a special band of World War II soldiers fighting a
psychological war against the Nazis.
The exhibit will mark the first in-depth exploration of the
lives and achievements of these soldiers serving as specialists in
various aspects of military intelligence. The Ritchie Boys, named after
Camp Ritchie in Maryland where they received their military training,
were a little known American Army Intelligence Unit comprised primarily
of Jewish soldiers, mostly refugees who fled Nazi controlled Germany.
The exhibit was conceived by Stephen M. Goldman, Executive Director of
the Holocaust Memorial Center and guest curator Dr. Guy Stern, Director
of the Harry and Wanda Zekelman International Institute of the
Righteous, himself a Ritchie Boy. Planning for the exhibit has been two
years in the making. For many of these boys, joining the military was a
major step in truly becoming “American.”
“This exhibit is a long overdue testament to these World War II heroes,”
said Goldman. “It took great courage and conviction for these men to
leave their families and homeland and then return to help defeat the
The exploits and the achievements of the Ritchie Boys will be detailed
in the exhibit through war time photographs, original reports they
authored, letters home, medals, uniforms and their weapons.
Holocaust Memorial Center is located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in
Farmington Hills. Museum hours are: Sunday thru Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.); and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(last admission at 1:30 p.m.). The museum is closed on Saturday and
For more information, call (248) 553-2400, or visit www.holocaustcenter.org.