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The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust | [Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin]

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

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, so she went underground.
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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, so she went underground.

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 secret.

©1999 Pritchards Trustees Ltd. as Trustee of the Edith Hahn Trust. All Rights Reserved.; (P)2003 Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.

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    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 02-24-08
    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 02-24-08
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    "Interesting look inside the Third Reich"

    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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 01-09-11
    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 01-09-11 Member Since 2005
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    "A Wonderfully True Story"

    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).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 02-04-08
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 02-04-08 Member Since 2005

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    "Should Be Read By More People"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta Eagle, ID, USA 12-11-05
    Roberta Eagle, ID, USA 12-11-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A must listen!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 11-24-12
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Do not miss this book... it is a jewel..."

    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Leeper 05-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Lest We Forget"

    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.

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    Rob Namp, ID, USA 04-22-08
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    "Perfect"

    Great book, made even better by the amazingly talented narrator. It is difficult to remember it is not the author herself narrating.

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    Lisa Stonefort, IL, USA 08-13-07
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    "Fascinating!"

    Highly recommended and competely fascinating. The reader is outstanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 04-20-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 04-20-07 Member Since 2002

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    "Must Read"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 03-07-07
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    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...

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    I found this book to be very interesting, well written and well narrated. Definately worth a read.

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  • Allison
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    this audiobook is simply fantastic,feel the fear,its a wonder she kept saine,fabulous story-had to listen to it in a few sittings

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    "Compelling"

    Kept me gripped from start to finish, informative, distressing, inspiring.... all aspects are covered here. Life and people can be so cruel, and survival is the strongest instinct of all. Makes me want to get a hard copy to read and study.

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    "An Ordinary Perspective"

    Brilliantly written and narrated, from start to finish this one is very difficult to turn off, there were many times where I found myself thinking I'd just listen to a little bit more but ended up still there over an hour later. An ordinary first hand world war two account written from a housewife's perspective, no colourful or exaggerative language, just an honest real account of how it was to live through those years. At times thrilling, totally enthralling, a love story, family bonds explored, a mothers love from different sides, cruelty, passion, extreme fear, living a physical lie at the same time as another life still very much embedded on the soul, sheer determination and survival, above all hope, this book has it all and definitely well worth downloading.

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