The title is a bit misleading as it is only at the end of the book where the author's husband is drafted and made an officer in the closing days of WW2.
Nevertheless this is an interesting tale of deception and survival for one Jewish woman. It gives an insight into the living conditions of ordinary Germans during the war years.
Not always the best written and sometimes a bit too melodramatic, it is still worth the time for those interested in Germany and Second World War.
I loved this book -- to imagine that this woman, Edith Hahn Beer , was able to tell her story is just incredible. It does not matter if you are interested in this genre of literature; it is a wonderful story of survival in the most graceful way I have read in any other book. A story of family, friends, despair, hope -- all of the ingredients for a good novel -- yet it is non fiction. Just to think that there could be so many more stories like this written -- and there are! Thanks to Audible.com, I am able to listen to all of them. (I am working on it, anyway, interspersed with other favorite subject matters).
This is a fascinating story that reminds me of a good spy thriller. However, it is a true story and gives a unique perspective on the world for those that lived inside the Nazi empire, particularly what it was like for a Jew in Austria. Highly recommended.
An incredible story that explores the complex nature of people who live with in times of chaos and confusion. No stereotypes here, but a true telling of people and how they manage through the war. One of the very best audible selections that I've listened to.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
"Thank you Edith for sitting down and telling us your story." Barbara Rosenblat channeled her so well, I forgot there was anyone but Edith... talking... perhaps as to her mother. I never wanted it to end. Not as dark as "Night," which made me cry, but just as intense. Simply could not put it down and not sure I was breathing though the last third.
Barbara Rosenblatt is at her best in this reading. Would have liked to know more about the rest of Edith's life after she left Austria. I think we should all read about and remember the Holocaust on a regular basis.
If you are an intelligent, educated person born during or after the 20th century it should be required reading. This is a first hand story of what must never happen again. In Nazi Germany it was Jews but in another era it could be women, short people, tall people, brunettes, people with blue eyes, whatever the crazy dictator doesen't like at some moment in time. An important lesson that should not be forgotten. Barbara Rosenblat is at her best in the reading of this one.
This book is a curious blend of heartbreaking sadness, hope and a clever young woman who would not give up. Interesting viewpoint from a hidden Jew inside Nazi Germany at a time when all Jews were deported to workcamps, lost to deathcamps or fled...