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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 studying law in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her and her mother into a ghetto, issuing them papers branded with a 'J'. Soon Edith was taken away to a labour camp and when she returned home after months away she found her mother had been deported. Her boyfriend, Pepi, proved too terrified to help her, but a Christian friend was not. Using the woman's identity papers, she fled to Munich. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member who fell in love with her and, despite her protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity secret. In this account, 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 Russian Army and sent to Siberia, Edith was bombed out of her house and had to hide at night with her daughter in a closet while drunken Russian soldiers raped women in the streets. Hide synopsis

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

Overall customer rating: 4.667
Gloria  W

Excellent book

by Gloria W on Aug 7, 2014

An interesting book about the early years of Nazi Reign. The woman was an Austrian who was sent to the work camps. Survived and escaped to marry the officer to survive the war.

Sandra M

Reality in hard times

by Sandra M on Jul 26, 2012

Wel written story line, Left some to the imagination, yet graphic enough to comprehend life for a Jewish woman who wanted to survive the Nazi regime so much that she was willing to pretend she was what she needed to be. Good book for book club discussions.


Inside Nazi Germany

by Nickye on Sep 4, 2008

This book gives you an inside view of life in Nazi Germany, told by a Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by changing her identity. Edith Hahn Beer has a very natural way of telling her story. You feel as if you are living in Nazi Germany yourself!

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