Jack Boeki grew up in a Jewish family in Rotterdam, Netherlands, a city devastated by infamous German terror bombings and invasion in 1940. As the Nazi occupiers began hunting Dutch Jews for transportation to concentration camps, teenaged Jack went into hiding.
Like Houdini slipping a straightjacket, Jack managed to escape capture at every turn, even when Gestapo agents physically had their hands on him. Fleeing to France, Jack joined the underground Resistance and then the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA.
The OSS slipped Jack into Britain and then sent him to the United States for training. At the now-famous, then-top-secret Camp Ritchie in Maryland, Jack learned the formal arts of counter-intelligence. For a young man whose entire family would perish in the Holocaust, Jack relished his special assignment: to hunt and capture Nazi war criminals.
His work began on June 8, 1944, D+2, when on Utah Beach in Normandy. From there, he followed the Allied forces progression through France and into Belgium and Luxembourg. His service included harrowing experiences of liberating concentration camps and capturing spies and collaborators. Jack then served as part of the security detail for the Nuremberg War Crime trials after the German surrender.