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Sunday Morning Seminar Co-Sponsored by Adult Ed and Brotherhood - Linda Kass
1938. Eli Stoff and his parents, Austrian Jews, escape to America just after Germany takes over their homeland. Within five years, Eli enlists in the US Army and, thanks to his understanding of the German language and culture, joins thousands of others like him who become known as Ritchie boys, young men who work undercover in Intelligence on the European front to help the Allies win World War II. In A Ritchie Boy, different characters tell interrelated stories that, together, form a cohesive narrative about the circumstances and people Eli encounters from Vienna to New York, from Ohio to Maryland to war-torn Europe, before he returns to the heartland of his new country to set down his roots. Kass is a writer living in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, the city where her parents, both immigrants, met, married, and settled soon after World War II. Her first novel, Tasa’s Song (2016) was informed and inspired by her mother’s early life in eastern Poland. Her second novel, A Ritchie Boy, to be released September 1st, was sparked by her father’s role as one of thousands of young, mostly Jewish, immigrants who, with their understanding of German language and culture, were recruited to serve our country on the European front as Intelligence officers in World War II.

Mar 14, 2021 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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