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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    isaac Louis Trichardt, South Africa 01-25-12
    isaac Louis Trichardt, South Africa 01-25-12
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    "The horrible things done by one human to the other"
    Where does The Nazi Officer's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character the jewis woman


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Excelant


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audio book, and the experience was more than I expect.

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    Anthony Stow, Ohio, United States 01-22-12
    Anthony Stow, Ohio, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Barbara brings the book to real life."
    Where does The Nazi Officer's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A real life story of someone living during the most terrible time in the way humans can treat their own ranks one of the highest of my non-fiction reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edith because of her strength and beliefs.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara makes the characters come alive with all of the detail in her voices. She paints the picture of the actual person to the point that you could pick them out in a crowd.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    Because of my following of Barbara Rosenblat, I now have even more respect for the Jewish struggles and losses.

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    Camilla Barberton, South Africa 12-27-11
    Camilla Barberton, South Africa 12-27-11
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    "History from the other side of the mirror!"
    Would you listen to The Nazi Officer's Wife again? Why?

    Yes. It is an excellent story and gives a deep insight into life during the Nazi-Era from both the Jewish and the German angle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human will to survive - regardless of any obstacles. And, of course, a first hand recollection of the times as experienced by a Jewess thrown into a 100% Nazi environment.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Barbara Rosenblat experience - and will certainly not be my last. She is a very, very good narrator.


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    Highly recommended - for the story (a true story!) as well as the narrator.

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    Judith Australia 12-18-11
    Judith Australia 12-18-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Brilliant story, excellently read,based on fact."
    What did you love best about The Nazi Officer's Wife?

    The details of life in Nazi Germany revealed in the story in an engaging way. The writing style took you out of yourself and put you in Edit Hann's shoes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edit Hann Beer, her honesty about trying to save herself by disguising as a non-Jew in Nazi Germany whilst knowing that other Jews were being killed in death camps.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Edit Hann is interviewed by a Nazi officer responsible for Race Relations and he tells her exactly what to do to invent a non-Jewish identity for herself and how to use that identity to survive the war and what to do to avoid detection.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, without doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    More stuff like this please. Beautifully read by Barbara Rosenblat and written in a way that made you feel that you were there with Edit in the room, experiencing her joys and disasters.

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    Michelle Dickson, Australia 12-02-11
    Michelle Dickson, Australia 12-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "History, humanity, cruelty and hope"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Nazi Officer's Wife to be better than the print version?

    I listened to this book mesmerized by Edith's story and having to tell myself that this wasn't fiction. Her strength of character through unbelievable hardships shines through. life under Nazi Germany came alive in this book. The cruelty of mankind towards people who are different was evident throughout. A must listen to book. Narrator was excellent. Totally believable, inspirational and not over-dramatic. This story will stay with me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact it was a true story


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Dona Hamilton, Australia 11-13-11
    Dona Hamilton, Australia 11-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to believe it wasn't the reader's real story!"
    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I kept having to remind myself that she wasn't The Nazi Officer's Wife, but only the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a typical Holocaust story, but another true hero in my eyes.

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    Mari Bhec hayward, CA, United States 10-22-11
    Mari Bhec hayward, CA, United States 10-22-11
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    What made the experience of listening to The Nazi Officer's Wife the most enjoyable?

    The narration was perfect and very compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stirs up your imagination and emotions.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fully captures the description of the era as it walks you in step with the author's experiences.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Nazi Officer's Wife and why?

    The narrator was perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the story twice in a row and has become one of my favorites.

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    Cherepanova Reading UK 09-11-11
    Cherepanova Reading UK 09-11-11
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    "Outstanding!"

    Don't be afraid by the title or a publisher review. The story is so alive and breathaking not to mention it is based on real facts. I felt I was watching a movie rather than listening to a narration, it was so vivid. Just can't stop. Barbara Rosenblat's narration this time was absolutely amazing! One of my favorite listens of all times!!!

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    A. Tutton 07-03-11
    A. Tutton 07-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Book"

    This book was quite interesting. The life of Edith and what she went through as a Jew during WWII. Barbara Rosenblat does a fantastic job as a reader. Her accent is well executed and easy to understand. Definately worth listening too.

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    sherrill 06-05-11
    sherrill 06-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wise woman"

    Great read! Very smart and creative. She was a very strong woman. You do what you have to do in a situation that she was in. I hated to put it down could not wait to pick it up again. Wonderfully spoken by the narrator. A must have.

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