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

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

Paperback | March 10, 2015

byEdith H. Beer

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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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#1 New York Times BestsellerEdith 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 s...

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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...

Born in Vienna in 1914, Edith Hahn Beep, currently resides in Netanya, Israel. She and Werner Vetter divorced in 1947. Her daughter, Angela, lives in London and is believed to be the only Jew born in a Reich hospital in 1944.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:March 10, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read This is a harrowing tale of suffering and survival, it offers a different perspective on what the war was like for people of the Jewish faith who managed to escape the concentration camps but still suffered countless struggles and traumas.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! It pained me to see how the other Jews acted towards her at the end. Although I could understand their sense of "betrayal" if I can call it that. Honestly, I think I would have done the same. Makes me see life in a different perspective... The notion of pain... suffering... sacrifice... determination... survival...
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book It pained me to see how other Jewish people acted towards her. Although I do understand their feeling of "betrayal" if you can put it like that. But I think I would have probably done the same thing. It does make me rethink a lot of things about life... suffering... sacrifice... determination... survival. Great book!!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible True Story The most incredible story I have ever read. mazing, powerful and inspiring - the story is both honestly and simply told adding to its incredible power. The feeling leaps off of the page and bury themselves into the hearts of the readers.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! Absolutely love this book. Couldn't put it down and am still thinking about it weeks later. READ IT! If you love war time reads you'll like it. It feels like you're there. If only we could learn from history so as not to repeat what can happen when you're motivated by hate.
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Nazi Officers Wife Descriptive, tragic, the best and worst of human behaviour. The constant fear , loss and deprivation is beyond comprhension.
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would have done the same........... Wow.....what a great read I just had. The kids are in and out for the summer visits and one of them picked this up in an airport. "Go ahead and read it first," she said. It was better then doing more dishes, let me tell ya......by a long shot. I'm recovering from hip surgery so I certainly had sitting time......not that this was a long tedious read AT ALL. The writing is so smooth and the story so engaging, I felt like a teen staying up to 2 am while the rest slept......and that in itself was a wonderful pleasure. Nice to know I can still do that when warranted, eh? I know a lot about WW2.....both my parents wore uniforms and I'm a baby boomer. And it's not that I really learned more history with this book, so much as I was vicariously able to live through it......following Edith through turns and twists that I think I myself would have chosen in her place. Her story is ordinary and extraordinary.......uplifting and disturbing.......thought provoking and assumption changing........ I don't know if the very young will be so understanding and compassionate about Ms. Beer's story.........but for those of us who've lived a view hard times ourselves, you'll love this book as if you were meeting a neighbour over a cuppa and a story.......and your admiration will be well placed!
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Nazi Officers Wife An encounter with a time many wished remained forgotten. A story of true heroism and strength. Enjoyable read!
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting, makes you know how lucky we are I so enjoyed reading this book, loved the way it was written - amazing how people suffered and still found the strength to carry on I am so sorry for all the people that suffered so much, such a tragedy - hard to believe one man could be so evil A very interesting read indeed
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very accurate You can really feel for this womn. Every day she must Have lived in sheer terror for years. Not to mention hunger and listening to all rhe praise of a monster. Then have a Nazi uniform in your own home!
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The nazi officers wife Not a bad real life story it is hard to believe that one can treat another like that .but we know it is true.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Nazi officers wife Interesting read. Not sure I could have Dom eg what she did!
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nazi officers wife Remarkable story of luck and courage
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Nazi Officers Wife Very interesting. It is amazing how Edith survived and the risks she took. She must have nerves of steel.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good stuff This book Wasn't all to bad, nope not at all. I rather enjoyed it. Good Stuff Grete/Edith (sp?)
Date published: 2003-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wowsers! All my life ( all 13 years of it) i have been fasinated by the holocaust, everything that happened in it, the thoughts of the people. This is a great book if you really want to know what some people's thoughts were. It was wonderfully written. It really helped me picture what was going on. WOW!
Date published: 2000-12-03