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The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
by Edith H. Beer, Susan Dworkin

Published: 2000-10-24
Paperback : 336 pages
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Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as ...

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Introduction

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Despite Edith's protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity a secret.

In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells how German officials casually questioned the lineage of her parents; how during childbirth she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and how, after her husband was captured by the Soviets, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.

Despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document, as well as photographs she took inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust—complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.

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Talk about the war from Werner's perspective.
The many lucky circumstances that enabled Edith to survive, when others didn't
by texschutz (see profile) 03/25/16

What event do you feel could have been the most un-realistic in her life?
What even could be the most believable?
Did you trust her husband?
by cherylwilliams5 (see profile) 10/08/13

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invite guest who lived through the period
by texschutz (see profile) 03/25/16
on either the Nazi side or the Jewish side. Makes for an interesting conversation.
The Nazi Officers Wife
by cherylwilliams5 (see profile) 10/08/13
Very simple snacks served on burlap or plain colored cotton. The book did not call for much color.

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by ewaynesboro (see profile) 10/17/16

 
  "The Nazi Officer's Wife"by texschutz (see profile) 03/25/16

Unusual and intriguing perspective of the holocaust, kept my interest, well written, a great example of non-fiction book.

 
by glendag5007 (see profile) 03/24/15

 
by Carolyn143 (see profile) 07/30/14

 
  "The Nazi Officers Wife"by cherylwilliams5 (see profile) 10/08/13

Because of the time period the book couldn't help but be borderline dark. It was very interesting to read how she was able to survive in such a horrible time in history. However, when looking deeper into... (read more)

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