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

By | July 3, 2019
The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust Author Edith H. Beer
ISBN-10 0062378082
ISBN-13 9780062378088
Year 2015-03-10
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
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1 New York Times BestsellerEdith 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 Holocaustcomplex troubling and ultimately triumphant

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