Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany

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Three Rivers Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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Marthe Cohn was a beautiful young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. But soon her homeland was also under Nazi rule. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Marthe’s sister was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. The rest of her family was forced to flee to the south of France. Always a fighter, Marthe joined the French Army.

As a member of the intelligence service of the French First Army, Marthe fought valiantly to retrieve needed inside information about Nazi troop movements by slipping behind enemy lines, utilizing her perfect German accent and blond hair to pose as a young German nurse who was desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fiancé. By traveling throughout the countryside and approaching troops sympathetic to her plight, risking death every time she did so, she learned where they were going next and was able to alert Allied commanders.

When, at the age of eighty, Marthe Cohn was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Médaille Militaire, not even her children knew to what extent this modest woman had faced death daily while helping defeat the Nazi empire. At its heart, this remarkable memoir is the tale of an ordinary human being who, under extraordinary circumstances, became the hero her country needed her to be.

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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

A beautiful book about an ugly time. A book not about the war, but about a French Jewish girl and her family, in a time of war. Early in the book the author (Marthe) talks about a neighbor girl ... Read full review

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: The True Story of a Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A Jewish nurse recalls her myriad adventures in WWII as a spy operating under the noses of the Nazis.Cohn, who grew up in French Lorraine but spoke German fluently, begins in 1945. Posing as a German ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Marthe Cohn lives in Palo Verdes, California. In 2005, she was awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur.

Wendy Holden has written numerous books and is a celebrated journalist. She lives in England.

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