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The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust (1999)
de Edith Hahn Beer
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Fascinating life story of a Jewish woman who became a "U-boat," a survivor in the Nazi time who used false identity papers. She eventually married a Nazi officer who did not seem to mind that she was Jewish at first. After the war she worked as a family judge in Berlin and moved to England and remarried. Shows complications of real life and living a lie, and staying true to herself in an evil time.
Very powerful and deeply moving story. Edith Hahn’s remarkable story is told in her own words and quite matter of fact. I thought I wouldn’t like her as she must have married a Nazi ( title of the book) but I did like her very much. Her story is important and I thank her for it. We must never forget.
Edith Hahn Beer’s memoir of her life prior to and during World War II in Austria and Germany. The book starts before the war and covers her decision to remain in Austria as well as events that led to her marriage to a Nazi. As conditions for European Jews worsened, and with assistance from others, she made the decision to “hide in plain sight.” This is a riveting story of identity, fear, courage, guilt, and redemption. It provides another slice of history, depicting the personal impact of the Nazi regime. It shows the lengths to which a person needed to go to survive. At times, it seemed she was almost apologizing for what she decided to do to escape Nazi persecution, but who can blame her? The tone of this book is one of candor. She does not shy away from addressing difficult subjects. I felt like I was sitting down with the author and listening to her tell me her story. Recommended to those interested in the history of World War II, especially personal experiences of that time period.
If this was a novel, I would say that I wished these was more about her time married to the Nazi officer. But, it’s not a novel. All of the horrors Ms Beer experienced were real. It was courageous for her to share her story, which gives a unique view into the holocaust.
If you are interested in history and memoirs, I would recommend this book.
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#1 New York Times Bestseller 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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