The Nazi Officer's Wife

The Nazi Officer's Wife

How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

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Edith Hahn tells how she survived the Holocaust, first by going underground, using a Christian friend's identity papers, and eventually marrying Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who knew she was Jewish.
Publisher: [New York] : Perennial, 2000, c1999
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780062190048
0062190040
Characteristics: c
Additional Contributors: Dworkin, Susan

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MelatSCPL
Nov 20, 2016

A highly intelligent, well educated young lawyer and judge dumbs herself down, 'making her gaze vacant and smiling a silly little fool's smile' in order to hide under the very noses of the Nazis who seek to exterminate her and all of Europe's Jews. From the German occupation of Austria, until the end of the war in Europe, Edith Kahn, not knowing from minute to minute if by a little slip of the tongue, she might betray herself or, if an informer might guess her secret, endures unbelievably high levels of fear, stress and anxiety.

The author's tale is touching; her honesty is haunting; her compassion for others is commendable. The Nazi Officer's Wife tells a story of a young woman who chose to 'dream the impossible dream' rather than give in to a cruel tyranny.

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GLNovak
May 22, 2016

This is one of the most readable memoirs of a holocaust survivor I have read. Edith Beer writes of her time in a labour camp and then of her marriage to a nazi officer. She tells a very matter-of-fact story without dwelling on the horrors that we all know went on. She includes details that make her and those around her come to life. It is amazing to read how a survivor was able to hide in plain sight, and It is good to read of Germans who quietly helped. The narrative flows well and the photographs included give us a sense of who Edith was.

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jazpur
May 21, 2015

I'm glad that Edith Hahn wrote her memoir for her family. They would finally know what a remarkable woman she was and how she protected them from the real truth about surviving the Holocaust as a Jewess in Germany during the Nazi regime.How good too that the packet of photographs and letters she sent him had been preserved by the love of her youth and sent back to her at the end of his life. They bring the narrative alive.Such a readable account which stands out among the many memoirs of the time.It has been a privilege to read her account of one of the worst periods of European history.

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TheresaAJ
Jul 11, 2013

I have read a lot of Holocaust survivor memoirs over the years. This is one of the most readable and accessible ones published. The author managed to survive a German labor camp and then marry a Nazi as the ultimate "hiding in plain sight" tactic. Edith Hahn-Beer has an articulate voice that lets the reader know why many Jews didn't leave Europe as the anti-Semitism noose tightened over the years. The book was published in 1999 when the author was 85 years old. She died in London in 2009.

bubbydo Sep 30, 2011

Enjoyed this book. An educational Holocaust memoir. Riveting story of identity and conscience.

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