The Nazi Officer's Wife

How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

by Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin

On Sale: 03/10/2015

The Nazi Officer's Wife

How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

by Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin

On Sale: 03/10/2015

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

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 and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, 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 a secret.

In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells how German officials casually questioned the lineage of her parents; how during childbirth she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and how, after her husband was captured by the Soviets, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.

Despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document, as well as photographs she took inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust—complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.

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Critical Praise

"A beautiful story of survival, an inspiring tale of overcoming fear." - Washington Jewish Week

“In a well-written narrative that reads like a novel, she relates the escalating fear and humiliating indignities she and others endured, as well as the antisemitism of friends and neighbors. . . . Her story is important both as a personal testament and as an inspiring example of example of perseverance in the face of terrible adversity”. - Publishers Weekly

“A remarkable story.” - Jerusalem Post

“In setting down her own tale of surivival...Edith Han Beer provides a fascinating addition to the testimonial literature.” - Dallas Morning News

“This extraordinary book is destined to become one of the best Holocaust memoirs available.” - Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062378088
  • ISBN 10: 0062378082
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 03/10/2015
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Holocaust
  • BISAC2 : RELIGION / Judaism / History
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical

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