Beverley Eddy to present on WWII soldiers trained at secret camp in Gettysburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Beverley Driver Eddy, professor emerita of German at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will visit Penn State Harrisburg at noon on Oct. 29 in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge (room W107) to present a lecture on American soldiers trained at Gettysburg during World War II.

The lecture will focus on the subject of her book “Camp Sharpe’s ‘Psycho Boys’: From Gettysburg to Germany,” which discusses the men — many of them European Jews — who trained in psychological warfare at a secret camp in Gettysburg and then were sent into Europe right after D-Day to serve at the front.

For nine years, Eddy and her husband wrote a weekly newspaper column for the Gettysburg Times on the social history of words. Besides her latest book — a biographical study of the brother and sister émigré writers Klaus and Erika Mann, she has published a volume of essays on the Austrian poet Evelyn Schlag; a folk history of the Rhine River valley; and biographies of the Danish feminist writer Karin Michaëlis and of Austrian Bambi-author Felix Salten. She is presently working on a historical study of the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie, Maryland.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Neil Leifert, director of the Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies, at 717-580-2954, or by email at [email protected].