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The Nazi Officer's Wife

How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust

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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.

Customer Reviews

Amazing and meaningful book

Shows the Holocaust from a drastically different angle. I recommend from ages 13 and on. One of the best books I have ever read.

I could not put it down.

Amazing story of survival against all odds.

The Nazi Officer's Wife

A gripping story about human survival during the 20th century's darkest years. A very quick read because I could not wait to read what was waiting for Edith on the next page.

The Nazi Officer's Wife
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: History
  • Published: Jan 31, 2012
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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