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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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    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 11-28-05
    Paul Highland Park, IL, USA 11-28-05
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    "Stunning, Compelling"

    Here is the story of a young Jewish woman from Vienna who, by what might well be divine intervention, survives the Holocaust as a "U-Boat," a term the author describes as living openly in Nazi-occupied Europe with no one knowing you're Jewish. She marries a German officer and Nazi party member. She survives the war, but this is still a life filled with very sad, and indeed tragic events. A compelling read: Once you start this audio book, you won't want to pause or stop it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 02-05-06
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    "An Amazing Story & Narration"

    I felt as if I was sitting across the table from Edith listening to her relive her story with all of its emotion, stress, and fear. I had read excellent reviews of the book and am so glad that I listened to it instead of read it. The narrator made each character's voice so true and unique. Each sigh and pause was perfect. I could hardly stop listening.

    You will not be disappointed!

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 09-18-13
    Sara 09-18-13

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    "An interesting perspective"
    Any additional comments?

    I felt engaged by this book as I listened but I was left with a sense of sadness when the story was over. Survival at any cost is hard to do and very hard to hear about.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 10-29-06
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 10-29-06 Member Since 2013

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Thought Provoking"

    The story of Edith Hahn Beer is just one of thousands of stories of survival that came out of the holocaust. Each story is one of courage, intelligence and luck. Edith's story is no exception. She did everything she had to do to survive and we are all lucky enough to be able to learn and be inspired by the incredible actions of this woman. The narration was exceptional, Barbara Rosenblat really made Edith come to life. As you listen, you feel her fear and her pain. An excellent listen.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel United States 09-29-05
    Rachel United States 09-29-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Must read"

    Wonderful read. What a brave women Edith was!!!!She is truely one of the unspoken heros of her day. We need books like this so we remember.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ira Jamaica Plain, MA, USA 10-25-05
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    "Amazing, compelling story"

    This is one of those books that you wish would never, ever end. Narrated beautifully, you think the narrator is telling you a story just to you. Do yourself a favor: download this book. You'll thank me. (By the way, this is the only book I've downloaded that I felt compelled to review).

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Bellevue, WA, USA 08-21-05
    Marilyn Bellevue, WA, USA 08-21-05 Member Since 2013
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    "The Nazi Officer's Wife delivers"

    Riveting story. Well told and well narrated.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 09-15-08
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 09-15-08 Member Since 2013
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    "entertaining"

    This was worth every penny. An excellent story of bravery and survival. If you like this, you might also like Flory- a tale of another young woman who survives the brutality of the Nazi regime. Audible also sells this title.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 11-24-12
    Jan 11-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, 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.

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    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 01-09-11
    Starlet San Carlos, CA, United States 01-09-11 Member Since 2013
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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).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Joseph
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    2/11/07
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    "A riveting Story"

    Listed to this whilst travelling from Cumbria to a GP Practice in East London and the journey just few buy. That the story is true just makes the story the more incredible. As you get to know the characters and see Nazi Germany from a frightened housewife?s point of view you get perspective. Not every one in the story is bad, and many are not good at all, but they are all so real and so ordinary. You see the risk, the helpless endurance when all around you hate. You see how bad things can get and how grateful we can all be for the simple safety of our homes. It left me wondering if in the end, I could have come through what she came through with as much dignity and humanity. It also on a personal level, without getting all weird about it, made me reflect on suffering. How in the end it?s so individual. Millions might be suffering, but its millions of individuals just like you and I.

    I have hundreds of Audible books now as I have been a member since only Audible.Com existed, and this is still one of my favourite listens.

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • CP
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    3/2/11
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    "A fantastic story of courage"

    This is my first purchase on Audible. I am delighted that, by chance, I found this amazing book, beautifully and powerfully written, and brilliantly narrated. The characters come completely to life. It's hard to believe that someone had the courage to survive such an ordeal, yet it is also full of hope. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • K.M. HARDLEY
    2/15/09
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    "The Nazi Officers Wife"

    A great listen. Not too fanatically anti-German and very moving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Laura Mercier
    2/3/09
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    "Wonderful"

    This is an amazing book - I've been hooked on it since the beginning. Wonderfully written and beautifully read. Edith is such an amazing women - full of strength and courage.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Haddington, East Lothian, United Kingdom
    1/26/09
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    "What a fab book"

    This book was really great to listen to. It allows you to try and imaginge what it must of been like for Jews during the was.It was also nail biting stuff on several occassions. A definate must have.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
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    "Listen to this to believe it...astonishing."

    What an amazing story. It unfolds slowly but the tension keeps building until it starts to feel like fiction. Such details of the buildup of the Nazi terror and killing machine seen experienced by Austrian citizens I had never realized, vividly brought to life.
    I have just spent (July 2013) a few days in Vienna where the tour guides don't even mention the war (except how draconian the Versailles Treaty from WWI was). No mention of the Holocaust. I couldn't believe it. So stories like this one need to be told and need to be heard. The narrator used many authentic voices - keeping me enthralled.
    If I had been editing this before it went to print, I would have encouraged more detail about the author's life after WWII. That's my only complaint - it wasn't long enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Near Abingdon, United Kingdom
    3/22/12
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    "Enthralling"

    A fascinating account of how one Jewish woman survived the war in Nazi Germany, with the help of friends and false papers and sheer determination, ending up married to a Nazi officer. It was marvellous to learn more about those people who were prepared to help rather than look the other way. Her life was very hard and she must have been on a knife edge every single day but there is still humour there and an immense amount of courage.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Ireland
    5/15/15
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    "A must read!"

    A sad and shocking first-hand story depicting the truth about the devastation of WW II on the Jewish population of Europe and the human carnage left it's wake. The resilience of the Jewish population who managed to survive and live again is extraordinary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/22/13
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    "The Nazi Officers wife"

    What a book!An amazing story of strength in a woman that is unsurpassed. Makes life seem so easy now, compared to the atrocity and horrors of the holocaust. This is one of the best listens on Audible.Not too gory but keeps the balance between the unseen horrors and the emotional struggles of a woman who is trying to survive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fran
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    3/5/13
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    "The Nazi Officer's Wife"

    These stories need to heared. Must never forget the suffering by many women during the Nazi Regime. This is a remarkable account of how Edith lived and survived the second world war.



    Only negative was post script to find out what happened to her step- daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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