Our guest for lunch this week was Guy Stern. He is known as one of the Ritchie Boys of World War II. The Ritchie Boys exhibit is currently on display at the Holocaust Museum on Orchard Lake Road, and an independent video project on DVD about them is being sold at the museum gift shop. Admission is free, donations are accepted.
Born in 1922 in Hildesheim, Germany he was the only member of his family of five who was able to emigrate to the USA in 1937. After High School he enrolled at a university, but was inducted in the U.S. Army in 1942. After his basic training he was transferred to Camp Ritchie and became a POW interrogator. Two days after D-Day, he arrived in Normandy with Fred Howard, also a Ritchie Boy, he interrogated German prisoners in France and Germany and received the Bronze Star.
After Germany’s capitulation, he returned to the U.S. in 1945 to continue his studies and became an instructor for German Language and Literature at Columbia University. Today he is a Distinguished Professor for German at Wayne State University in Detroit.