This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer The Ritchie Boys, Nisei, and WWII: The Language of War Evening Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1H0698 Select Your Tickets Resize text Ritchie Boys group photo, 1939–1945–Military Intelligence; Camp Ritchie, MD (Western Maryland Regional Library) Between 1942 and 1945, the U.S. military established the Military Intelligence Training Center (MITC), which recruited an unusual group of soldiers: refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, Japanese Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, women, artists, intellectuals, and others. David Frey, a professor of history and director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point, spotlights two groups possessed of invaluable linguistic skills who processed through the MITC. Among the “Ritchie Boys,” named for the secret Camp Ritchie facility in Maryland, were young Jewish refugees mostly from Nazi Germany and Austria. They returned to Europe after being trained in how to gather battlefield intelligence. Second-generation Japanese Americans or Nisei also trained at the camp, serving as translators, interpreters, and interrogators. Frey tells the story of the recruits’ wartime contributions and their enduring effects on the culture and politics of the Cold War-era—and on what it meant to be an American. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.