William Collins signs The Ritchie Boys

William Collins signs The Ritchie Boys

William Collins has signed a book on German-born Jews in the 1930s who escaped Nazi Germany, only to return to fight on the front-line.

Editorial director Martin Redfern signed UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada in The Ritchie Boys by Bruce Henderson in a deal with Don Conaway at Writers House. The book, scheduled for release in 2017, will be co-published with William Morrow.

The book follows the story of the young Jews who escaped to America, where they were trained in interrogation techniques by the US Army at Camp Ritchie, and retuned to Germany to extract tactical intelligence from captured German soldiers, even as they learnt the fates of their families who had stayed behind.

Redfern said: "The Ritchie Boys is both a gripping, and hitherto untold, Second World War adventure story and a deeply poignant account of would-be Jewish victims fighting back to avenge the tragic loss of their own families. Bruce Henderson has been interviewing some of the last remaining Ritchie Boys for this powerfully emotive book."