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Pfeffer Family Forum: World War II Military Intelligence Training at Camp Ritchie

At this year’s Pfeffer Family Forum, Dr. David Frey, Founding Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the United States Military Academy, will discuss the history and function of the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie, its graduates, and how their innovations are relevant to us today.

The Military Intelligence Division was once part of the Army with a history of antisemitism, racism, and anti-immigrant activity. In spite of this, during World War II, they came to recognize the tactical and strategic value that recent immigrants, Jewish refugees from Nazism, Japanese Americans recruited straight out of internment camps, and other “marginal” soldiers could provide.

To teach these men and a handful of women how to do battlefield intelligence, the Army created the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie. Its graduates went on to make exceptional contributions to the war effort, post-war occupation governance, war crime prosecution, and creation of the Cold War era world.

See Dr. David Frey’s 60 Minutes episode about Camp Ritchie:…/ritchie-boys-60-minutes-2022…/

On-Site Tickets | Members: Free; Non-Members: Museum Admission
Online Tickets | Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.00



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