The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

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Harper Collins, Oct 24, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 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 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 of German officials who casually questioned the lineage of her parents; of how, when giving birth to her daughter, she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and of how, after her husband was captured by the Soviet army, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.

Yet despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document and set of papers issued to her, as well as photographs she managed to take 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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Good writing, good characterizations, very interesting. - Goodreads
Hard to read the atrocities that Edith endured. - Goodreads
It was easy to read and it had good pictures in it. - Goodreads
However, i was disappointed in the ending. - Goodreads
This book was easy to read and a page turner. - Goodreads
I wanted the love story to end better. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Pam - Goodreads

I was expecting so much more. It was an interesting story but I did not care for the writing style. It took me a while to read this because I wasn't as interested as I wanted to be. Read full review

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User Review  - Kelli - Goodreads

Offered a new insight into a WWII Holocaust non-fiction book. Quite fascinating, but I am always a sucker for courage. Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Born in Vienna in 1914, Edith Hahn Beep, currently resides in Netanya, Israel. She and Werner Vetter divorced in 1947. Her daughter, Angela, lives in London and is believed to be the only Jew born in a Reich hospital in 1944.

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