As a boy, Peter Richter and his family escaped Hitler’s assault on Czechoslovakia, only to become stuck in the nation as Russia sealed its borders.
His father, who had earlier escaped from a Nazi work camp, eventually obtained phony papers to help the family flee to the West.
Even then, it took a pair of American soldiers to whisk the family away from Russian border guards and get them into West Germany.
Richter’s family eventually made it to the United States when he was six. They settled…