Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy (2nd Anniversary Edition)

Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy (2nd Anniversary Edition)

by K. Lang-Slattery
Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy (2nd Anniversary Edition)

Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy (2nd Anniversary Edition)

by K. Lang-Slattery



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Immigrant Soldier, based on the experiences of a refugee from Nazi Germany, combines a coming-of-age story with an immigrant tale and a World War II adventure. On a November morning in 1938, Herman finally realizes that, as a Jew, he must flee Germany, a decision that catapults him from one adventure to another, his life changed forever. He experiences fear, romance, disappointment, friendship, horror and compassion as he evolves from a frustrated teenager, looking for a place to belong, into a confident US Army intelligence officer who struggles with hate and forgiveness.

Immigrant Soldier follows the true story of Herman so closely it could easily be classified as a "non-fiction novel." The hero, Herman Lang, escapes Nazi Germany in 1939 and emigrates to the US where he hopes to begin a new life. But the world is at war and his adopted country is drawn into the conflict. Drafted into the US Army Herman, is sent to a secret location in Maryland to train for army intelligence. When he arrives in France, soon after D-day, he is assigned to General Patton's headquarters. There he interrogates German prisoners and works directly under General Patton.

Immigrant Soldier reveals little-known information about the Ritchie Boys, World War II's secret heroes, the Intelligence soldiers trained at Camp Ritchie. This fascinating novel earned the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award, Bronze medal, in the military/wartime fiction category.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153988320
Publisher: K. Lang-Slattery
Publication date: 01/27/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: eBook
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Kathryn Lang-Slattery was born during World War II and raised in 1950s Southern California, Kathryn Slattery knew little of her father’s family story other than his childhood in Germany and sudden emigration to the U.S. in the mid-1930s. As a child she enjoyed reading, drawing, and spending long days at the beach. Then, at the age of seventeen, she went to Europe with her family. The trip ignited her love for travel and sparked her interest in World War II and the Holocaust. She studied art and English at UCLA, followed by graduate work in art and education at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. The years afterward passed, filled with teaching art, English, and cooking, traveling around the world, raising a family, and volunteering for the Girl Scouts of the USA. In between, Kathryn read everything she could get her hands on about the Holocaust. Finally she returned to her early love of writing, concentrating first on creating stories and articles for young people. She has been published in several highly rated magazines for the youth market, including Ladybug, Spider, Jack and Jill, Boys' Life, and Faces. IMMIGRANT SOLDIER, based on her uncle’s World War II experiences, is her first novel. Kathryn lives in Laguna Beach, California, only steps from her childhood home. Besides writing, her main interests are traveling, cooking, and painting.

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