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.

Family Album

Several of my readers have expressed disappointment that Immigrant Soldier does not have photos.     Other than the pictures used on the cover, I decided that because the book was written as a novel, it would be better without photos which might inhibit a reader’s imagination.  You will find some pictures of Herman on various pages of this web-site, including one on the author page of myself with Herman just a few months before he passed away. But for followers of this blog, I thought I would share a small selection of family photos.  I hope you enjoy these glimpses of Herman’s early years. 

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Guest — Katie
Thanks Lee. I did include the family shot of Fred and family for my Laguna Beach readers. The child in the picture is actually m... Read More
Saturday, 04 July 2015 13:26
Guest — Lee Winocur Field
Love the pics, particularly the younger Fred and family. You look the same. Amazing.
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:06
Guest — Lindsay Tognetti
Yes, Katie I really enjoyed the photos--feel they really add to the story which I so loved reading. Thanks for posting!!!
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:42
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Immigrant Soldier Gets a Facelift

Recently I spent a few mornings and afternoons talking to ladies at my gym where the owner kindly let me set up a table and bring copies of Immigrant Soldier to sell. As usual, people told me the WWII stories of their relatives, asked me how long it took me to write the book, and wanted to know if I was working on another project. But the thing I began to notice was that most of the ladies who purchased the book commented that they were buying it for an uncle, father, or husband. Luckily, it was the week before Father's Day.

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Guest — Katie
No color change in the new cover. There is simply a difference between the way the color registers on-line from the way it comes o... Read More
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 11:29
Guest — Anette
Hi Katie Is the color changed, too? It looks greener than the ones we got on
Saturday, 27 June 2015 14:24
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Meiningen, A Hometown Revisited

Both my father and Herman had fond memories of their hometown, Meiningen, located in the southern part of the state of Thuringia, Germany, and just over the border into what was, from 1945 until 1990, East Germany. I was able to travel there in the Spring of 1991 with my elderly parents and one of my sisters. The thing that made the biggest impression on me was the deserted border crossing about 15 miles before we arrived in town. The stark gate and concrete barriers scarred the gently rolling green hills and reminded us why this was my father’s first trip home since he left in 1934.

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Beyond Anne Frank: Holocaust Books for Youth and Teens.

Summer is almost here. It is a good time to encourage students, who are freed from homework and after-school sports, to expand their reading beyond school-mandated curriculum. The Diary of Anne Frank is widely used as a way to teach young people about the Holocaust, as well as a tool to challenge prejudice and promote respect for others. This diary of a 13-year-old girl has become required reading in many 7th, 8th or 9th grade English classes. The 10 books listed below, in the order of the age group for which they were written, can broaden a student’s perspective beyond Anne Frank.

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Kindererziehung or Growing up with Struwwelpeter




When Herman sits huddled under blankets on the tossing deck of the Husima Maru during his winter crossing of the Atlantic, he thinks of many things from his childhood, including the scary picture book that his father sometimes read to him.

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Guest — Donna Becker
Katie - This is so interesting! Donna B
Friday, 05 June 2015 14:20
Guest — Joanie Rowe
That was an interesting piece. Children don't come out of the womb with hatred and dislike for certain people or religions, it is... Read More
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:48
Guest — Kathryn Slattery
My special thanks to Les for sharing his own experiences with Struwwelpeter! K. Lang-Slattery
Thursday, 11 June 2015 08:43
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