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Ritchie Boys, The (Ritchie Boys, Die)

Ritchie Boys, The
Scene from "The Ritchie Boys" (photo © Tangram/H. Stuckmann)

This is the untold story of a group of young men who fled Nazi Germany and returned to Europe as soldiers in US-uniforms. They knew the psychology and the language of the enemy better than anybody else. In Camp Ritchie, Maryland, they were trained in intelligence and psychological warfare. Not always courageous, but determined, bright and inventive, they fought their own kind of war. They saved lives. They were victors, not victims. They were young and the world's most unlikely soldiers - with the greatest motivation to the fight this war: they were Jewish. They called themselves The Ritchie Boys.

Christian Bauer studied German and English Literature, American Affairs and History. He lectured at the University of Munich and wrote film reviews for major German newspapers. An independent filmmaker and producer since 1980, he has directed more than fifty documentaries and has produced many more. His film Missing Allen (2001) won Best Documentary at Montreal and Venice and was nominated for a European Film Award in 2002. He is currently working on a sequel, Finding Allen. The Ritchie Boys (2004) was short-listed for the Grierson Award 2004 and for an Academy Award 2005.
Genre Educational, History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2004
Director Christian Bauer
Cinematography Dietrich Mangold
David Kazala
Aaron Davis, John Lang
Producers Christian Bauer, Patricia Phillips
Production Company Tangram International/Munich, in co-production with Alliance Atlantis/Toronto, in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, MDR, History Television/Toronto, Discovery Wings/Silver Spring
Length 93 min
Format color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hot Docs Toronto 2004, IDA InFACT Los Angeles 2004, Calgary 2004, Leipzig 2004, Bergen 2004, Palm Springs 2005, Jerusalem 2005
Awards Jerusalem Municipality Prize 2005
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MEDIA, Canadian Tax Credit

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