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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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The Nazi Officer's Wife
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The Nazi Officers Wife
September 28th, 2015
Descriptive, tragic, the best and worst of human behaviour. The constant fear , loss and deprivation is beyond comprhension.
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The Nazi Officers Wife
August 3rd, 2015
An encounter with a time many wished remained forgotten. A story of true heroism and strength. Enjoyable read!
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
Very interesting, makes you know how lucky we are
June 11th, 2015
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
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Very accurate
May 26th, 2015
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!
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The nazi officers wife
February 26th, 2015
Not a bad real life story it is hard to believe that one can treat another like that .but we know it is true.
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The Nazi officers wife
November 18th, 2014
Interesting read. Not sure I could have Dom eg what she did!
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Nazi officers wife
November 17th, 2014
Remarkable story of luck and courage
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The Nazi Officers Wife
October 22nd, 2014
Very interesting. It is amazing how Edith survived and the risks she took. She must have nerves of steel.
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