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The Nazi Officer's Wife Audiobook

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

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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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    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.

    6 of 7 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 2015
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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).

    5 of 6 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Campbell Nampa ID 04-22-08
    Rose Campbell Nampa ID 04-22-08 Member Since 2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Stonefort, IL, USA 08-13-07
    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 2013

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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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    Caralyn Caldwell. NJ 09-12-05
    Caralyn Caldwell. NJ 09-12-05 Member Since 2002

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    "Amazing"

    Excellent narrator, heart wrenching tale. Tank you Mrs. Hahn Beer for sharing your story, so none of will forget...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Phoenix, AZ, USA 08-23-05
    Melinda Phoenix, AZ, USA 08-23-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Beautiful story"

    Well narrated, fascinating story from a woman's point of view. Educational and inspiring.

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    Jan Melbourne, Australia 08-25-15
    Jan Melbourne, Australia 08-25-15 Member Since 2017

    Member since 2010 I suspended my account for a couple of months and audible incorrectly states I joined June 2015 crazy with 343 titles

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    "What a pleasant surprise"

    The Nazi Officer's Wife was a complete surprise was not sure what to expect as I am not fond of war stories. This book is the true story of an Austrian Jewish girl's life from the 1930's until after the war. I thought it was an amazing story and was fascinating to read. I found I went from being just interested to not being able to put the book down. Well worth a credit

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    J.B. 06-11-15
    J.B. 06-11-15

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "Champion or Craven?"

    There is never a reading involving Nazi control of German life between the Great Wars and the end of WWII that is palatable. Yet we always seem to read and study its horrors – I imagine we are trying to make enough sense of the tragedy to arm ourselves against its prejudices ever prevailing again, and particularly as a societal superlative.

    The Nazi Officer’s Wife tells a unique war story. Mostly about one Jewish woman but generally about those Jews who remained in Germany during the war and maintained themselves by avoiding the revelation that they were Jews. The story was written in very listenable prose, perfectly read by Barbara Rosenblat, and the plot keeps the reader/listener involved with Edith Hahn’s effort to save herself and more. Read the book to learn the “more” but know it is a tale of how circumstance, luck and happenstance all came together for Ms. Hahn and how that makes for a really intriguing story. A tale worth reading – it provides much to consider. Was our heroine a champion or craven? Ingenious or adrift? Strategic or fortunate?

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  • Joseph
    Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    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.

    41 of 43 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
  • 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!

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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
  • Claudia
    7/29/16
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    "An Extraordinary Journey"

    The Nazi Officer's wife is an extraordinary journey into the Holocaust experience. It is honest, heartwarming, forthright, and immensely entertaining. I thoroughly recommend it

    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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