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Books, Writing, History, and the Ritchie Boys

In "Books, Writing, History and the Ritchie Boys" I share my thoughts on certain books, the process of writing, the experiences of an indie-publisher, short pieces on WWII and the Holocaust, highlights of places from Immigrant Soldier, and, occasionally, profiles of Ritchie Boys. Everything in this blog reflects my personal ideas and feelings–a memoir of sorts, it is my perspective and any errors or omissions are mine.

The Muralist and LBJ, a Secret Hero.

Summer is a great time for catching up on that stack of books waiting to be read. Maybe your stack is on your bedside table, or in leaning towers on the floor under your desk, or stashed neatly in boxes in a corner of a little used room. My waiting books are scattered in small horizontal piles across the top of the neat vertical rows of titles in my several bookcases. 
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December 7, 2016 – The 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. 

 
Though my blogs and my interest center on the Holocaust and the European experience of Nazi dominance in the 1930s and 40s, I never forget that there is another very important aspect of World War II. 
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Hitler’s Adjutant - The SS Officer, Richard Schulze-Kossens

richard schulzeOne of the more complicated and controversial minor characters in Immigrant Soldier is SS-Obersturmbannführer Richard Schulze.  I have had several readers comment about the friendship between the novel’s hero, Herman, and this German SS officer.
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World War II POWs in the United States

In Immigrant Soldier, Herman and his unit captured a young German soldier who hated the fighting and killing.  After Herman interrogated the youth, he sent the soldier to the prisoners’ infirmary.  “He hoped that the boy would be on the next transport to the coast and a ship to the United States. Maybe he would be picking cotton stateside by summer.” (page 300)
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Camp Ritchie, Maryland - Development of the Intelligence Training Center

Ritchie Boy on Tank 2The 400 acres that was to become the Camp Ritchie Intelligence Training Center, began life in 1889 as the property of the Buena Vista Ice Company. They created two manmade lakes where winter allowed natural ice to form which could be shipped via the nearby railroad spur to Washington, DC.  The lakes also served as a recreation destination in the summer tourist season.
 
Recently, I was contacted by the former Post Historian for Fort Ritchie and she agreed to write the following guest blog about the development of Camp Ritchie after it was sold to the Maryland National Guard. 
 
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