The Nazi Officer's Wife

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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 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 Holocaust—complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.



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The Nazi Officer's Wife - Edith H. Beer & Susan Dworkin Reviews

  • Loved it

    By Cowboy up 2011
    5
    I felt like I was there when I read this book. The time just flew as I could not put it down.
  • Loved this story!

    By Marcyleft
    5
    What a life story! I didn't want it to end. Told so well.
  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    By Pdxpizzaboy
    4
    The Nazi Officer's Wife tells an amazing story of survival during WW II. Anyone who wants to learn how some were able to live through the horrors of Nazi Germany's persecution of Europe's Jewish population. A well written account of how one woman used her skills to avoid death and to retain her humanity.
  • The Nazi Officers Wife

    By Casey15+7
    5
    A fascinating book. A wonderful, well written book about how life was for Jews during WWII. A must read for anyone interested in the history of that time from a very different perspective.
  • The Nazi officer's Wife

    By Nimbus BOB
    5
    Sad and eye opening .Hopefully the world will Never forget and ever happen again !Well Worth the read!
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

    By Lymariort
    4
    Great book, real, easy to read but deep and shows the other face of other kind of prisoners, not in the camps but in in the world hiding and fear; excellent.
  • Outstanding

    By Mike Pekar
    5
    I could not put this novel down. What an inspiring and yet heart wrenching story. I was growing up in the USA while Edith was living through this Nazi horror. This is a must read.
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

    By Paok88
    5
    The only documentation I've read of life within the Reich of ordinary citizens and how they accepted and assisted the crimes of the Holocaust.
  • Interesting

    By Chelleflan
    5
    This book gave great detail of the horrendous events one woman and the people around her experienced during a tumultuous time in world history. Very interesting.
  • Simply amazing!

    By RenaeC1
    5
    Wow. To hear this woman's story, it's impossible not to feel outrage, joy, devastating sadness, and nervousness as she describes her experiences. What an amazing woman!

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