Come listen to this fascinating story about Al Miller in Berlin during the 1930’s and how his family survived.
Dr. Miller was born in Berlin in 1922 and has many happy memories of his early childhood. As he grew older things changed. He remembers the day he was no longer allowed into his favorite recreation center because Jews had been banned from the facility. Many of his childhood friends joined the Hitler Youth and stopped being friends with him. An enthusiastic student, he became the last Jewish student in his class to continue to attend school until it was too unwelcoming for him to stay.
As German Jews faced increasingly difficult conditions, Miller’s family arranged to leave the country and resettle. The family was separated as he was sent to Switzerland in 1937 and his brother was sent to England. His parents remained in Germany and endured Kristallnacht. The family was eventually reunited in England before immigrating to America in 1939. Dr. Miller returned to Europe as a US Soldier during WWII. He was one of the “Ritchie Boys”, a group of servicemen that included many German-Jewish immigrants who were trained for U.S. Army Intelligence who were especially valuable to the Allies because of their knowledge of the German language and culture. Dr. Miller settled in Hamilton, Ohio where he practiced optometry until his retirement.
You won’t want to miss this!