Guy Stern, Director of the Harry and Wanda Zekelman International Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, will appear in an episode of “What History Forgot” on the American Heroes Channel, 10 p.m. April 9.
Formerly the Military Channel, the American Heroes Channel features a variety of programs covering the great historical events that shaped our world. Bright House customers will find it on Channel 139 or 338 (HD); AT&T Uverse, Channel 259 or 1260 (HD); DirecTV, Channel 287 or 285 (HD); and DISH Network, Channel 195 or 192 (HD).
“What History Forgot”, hosted by history buff Joe Moniaci, shares legendary tales from American history that never made it into the textbooks, but made an impact on our world today.
On this episode, Stern will share his experience of serving with the Ritchie Boys. Named after the camp where they trained, the Ritchie Boys were comprised primarily of German speaking immigrants, most being Jews who fled Nazi Germany. The team was utilized for interrogation of prisoners on the front lines and counter intelligence in Europe. Stern served as a master sergeant and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his innovative interrogation techniques. The Ritchie Boys also were the subject of a 2004 documentary of the same name by late German filmmaker Christian Bauer.
“It is wonderful to know the story of the Ritchie Boys still resonates with people today,” said Stern. “It is programs like What History Forgot that keeps experiences like mine alive and teaches others how to stand up for what they believe in.”
Stern was born in Hildesheim, Germany in 1922 to Jewish parents. Out of five family members, he was the only one to escape Nazi persecution in 1937 and make it to the United States. After being rejected from U.S. Naval Intelligence in 1942, he was drafted in 1943 and the following year took part in the Normandy invasion.
Today, Stern, in his position at the Holocaust Memorial Center, works to pay tribute to the men and women who, throughout history, have supported and rescued others, even at great risk to themselves and their families.