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

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

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

4.12 (44,949 Ratings by Goodreads)
Hardcover
Published: 2 March, 1999

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Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman studying law in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her and her mother into a ghetto, issuing them papers branded with a 'J'. Soon Edith was taken away to a labour camp and when she returned home after months away she found her mother had been deported. Her boyfriend, Pepi, proved too terrified to help her, but a Christian friend was not. Using the woman's identity papers, she fled to Munich. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member who fell in love with her and, despite her protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity secret. In this account, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells of German officials who casually questioned the lineage of her parents; of how when giving birth to her daughter, she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and of how, after her husband was captured by the Russian Army and sent to Siberia, Edith was bombed out of her house and had to hide at night with her daughter in a closet while drunken Russian soldiers raped women in the streets.

Born in Vienna in 1914, Edith Hahn Beer now resides in Israel. She and Werner Vetter divorced in 1947. Her daughter Angela lives in London.

Type Book
ISBN 9780316848473
Number Of Pages 305
Item Weight 639 g
Product Dimensions 162 x 32 x 234 mm
Publisher Little Brown and Company, London
Format Hardcover