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

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

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    Edith Hahn-Beer(Author)
Edith Hahn was a young law student in Vienna when Hitler absorbed Austria in 1938. Madly in love with a young man called Pepi who was half-Jewish, she was separated from him and sent to a forced labour camp. So began the extraordinary chain of events that led to her return to Vienna, her life as a 'hidden' Jew with an identity given to her by a German girlfriend, her marriage to a Nazi who knew she was Jewish and protected her, her intervention through her husband on behalf of Pepi, and her life at the end of the war in Eastern Germany where she was appointed a judge over the persecutors of her people. She fled the Communist regime there because of the conflicting emotions she felt for these who had NOT informed on her. She settled and married in London, and now lives in Israel, aged 84.

Hahn Beer tells her story with a remarkable lack of rancour ... her evocation of atmosphere and detail is worthy of John le Carre. The book is most moving as a record of individual courage but it also constitutes valuable evidence on the vexed subject of how far ordinary Germans were aware of the evil in their midst (THE TIMES)All memoirs of this period are worthwhile, but, in this case, doubly so. (MORNING STAR) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.

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  • PDF | 305 pages
  • Edith Hahn-Beer(Author)
  • Rob Weisbach Books (Oct. 1999)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography
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  • By Gerry Mac on 9 April 2017

    Read this side-by-side with 'ELLI' by Livia Jackson.Man's-inhumanity-to-man...or, in both these books, '...inhumanity-to-women', is shockingly evident throughout the pages of both stories. But so too is an indomitable will to survive...virtually at any cost. Read it and weep...literally and metaphorically.

  • By Caroline A. M. Scott on 11 February 2012

    I just couldn't put this book down. It's written in a very flowing, easy to read, natural way. A great introduction to reading about the holocaust (nothing too horrific and explicit in the content), so, perfect for a first time read about this subject.

  • By peter knight on 20 June 2017

    found Edith's story very inspiring and brave-well written and keeps the reader enthralled.

  • By Jackie Collins on 30 November 2012

    I started to read this book as this year the students in my class seemed to be quite fascinated by the concept of Jewish people who managed to get false identification papers in order to survive in Nazi Germany. When I later read an extract to the class after telling them the basic story they were all enthralled. Interesting to see that the Aryan husband Werner Vetter is remarkably similar to Adolf Hitler in that he is a frustrated artist and also that he believes in the " Big Lie." Also since Edith Hahn lives the closeted life of a Nazi housewife, she is completely unaware of the Final Solution until 1944. I found this book a brilliant read in that it showed how heartbreaking it was for an intellectual woman to almost get her degree and then to have to deny her intelligence for so long. It was very moving when she finally is able to use her law degree for a short time to help others when the Russians arrive.

  • By Kemayou on 9 June 2005

    This is a captivating story of survival that reached epic proportions that stirred sympathetic emotions in me throughout the read. Edith Hahn, an Austrian Jewish woman survived as she did, outside the concentration camps with a formidable strength and will to survive that amazed me, staring the enemy straight in the eyes under the false identity of a Aryan German.The horrors of life for Jews during those holocaust years are vividly portrayed, allowing us to see the dark side of man that should not be allowed to haunt humanity. SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ and DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE are other survival novels that bring us closer to what it must have been like for the powerless victims of the holocaust.

  • By S. Ramsey-Hardy on 1 August 2012

    This outstanding memoir of the war years in Germany is unique, and leaves an unforgettable impression. There is a vivid and powerful sense of reality to the narrative -there is the feeling that these extraordinary events only just happened.The author has the natural gift of relating these events in such a way that the reader shares her experience, and you feel that this is how things really were. It appears that nothing has been varnished to suit the book.This is an enthralling story of one brave and determined woman's dilemma in a heartbreaking situation, and I couldn't stop reading. Highly recommended.

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