A man brings some very fine material to a Jewish tailor and asks him to make a pair of pants. When he comes back a week later, the pants aren’t ready. Two weeks later, they still aren’t ready. Finally, after six weeks, the pants are ready. The man tries them on. They fit perfectly. Nonetheless, when it comes time to pay, he can’t resist making a jibe at the tailor. “You know,” he says, “it only took God six days to make the entire world and it took you six weeks to make just one pair of pants.” “Ah,” the tailor replied. “But look at this pair of pants and look at the world!”
When The Treaty Of Paris was signed back in 1783, officially ending the American Revolution, England appointed a parliamentarian committee to ascertain how they, the reigning world empire, could lose a war to one of their then smaller colonies. The final report ended with these words, “We weren’t out-fought by the Yankees, we were out-spied.” And so war historians will tell you that the most decisive factor in a military conflict is not that of armed force, but of military intelligence (i.e., enemy size, enemy location, enemy strength, enemy morale, enemy plans, etc.). In the case of World War II, two-thirds of all Allied intelligence about the Nazis came from one group of people, the Jews. In particular, 2,000 Hebrew young men known as The Ritchie Boys. Here is their true story:
As Adolph Hitler rose to power in Germany in the 1930s, Jewish families began to see the writing on the wall as far as their very survival went. However, they faced two problems in trying to leave what had become their long-time German homeland. One, if they left Germany they could not take any of their assets, including cash, with them. (It all had to be left behind with severe prison terms if it was not.) And two, if they came to America, they had to be fully financially sponsored by someone here so they would not become a welfare burden on the government. (This sponsoring was made all the more difficult because of the recent Great Depression). So many Jewish families were only able to send one family member to live with relatives and that was their oldest teenage son (thus allowing the family name to live on if anything should happen to those having to stay behind). And, oh, the tearful goodbyes at train stations, boat docks and air fields.
Now when World War II broke out, the Americans had a real German problem, both home and abroad. The home problem was a distrust of those of German ancestry as not being able to be trusted (and so in the armed services, German soldiers were kept from battle-field training and confined to doing jobs that did not require a weapon). The problem abroad was thus a lack of German-speaking military personnel to do intelligence work (particularly through interrogating German prisoners of war). Then a solution was hit upon. What group of German young men were the most fluent in that language and at the same time could be most trusted when it came to to defeating the Nazis? The German-Jews that came to America as teenagers and were among the first to sign up for the war.
So two thousand sealed orders were sent out to enlisted German-Jews who were serving at the time in such non-combatant roles as: cooks, mechanics, janitors, clerks, drivers, etc. Their commanding officers informed them that they had no idea as to what this was all about, but that they were to report to wherever they were being instructed to go. That place was Camp Ritchie, Maryland (thus the name Ritchie Boys) where a top-secret program had been set up. And for six months they were intensively trained in intelligence gathering (particularly interrogating German prisoners of war). The result of their being master interrogators would be military intelligence leading to the winning of numerous battles, the saving of countless lives, and greatly shortening the length of the war. One note – The Ritchie Boys were the first soldiers to land on D-Day, night para-trooping ahead of the coming massive beach landing. This purpose being to: capture German soldiers, interrogate them for intelligence, and relay the info back to Allied commanders who were on the way. They were also the first soldiers to be sent into the freed concentration camps and the lead interrogators of the Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials.
Sadly, life did not get any better for them at the end of the war. In Germany, most were unable to be re-united with their families as just about all their relatives had been killed in gas chambers. And in America, few were able to join veteran organizations like the Legion, not wanted because of their German accent. And none, as members of the intelligence community, were allowed to share their war service in their lifetime.
The bottom line? Once again, the world is reminded of how much they owe to the Jews, God’s chosen people.