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The Nazi Officer's Wife : How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
by Edith Hahn Beer and Susan Dworkin




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Edith Hahn Beer was an outspoken young law student living in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her first into a ghetto, and then into a labor camp. With the help of a Christian friend, she went underground, took on a new identity, and re-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.

The Nazi Officer's Wife details the constant terror of being a Jew hidden living in Nazi Germany. Even while giving birth to her daughter, Beer refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past. Her memoir is an eloquent testament to one woman's extraordinary courage and will to survive.

Edith Hahn Beer (1914 - 2009) was born in Vienna, Austria. She and Warner Vetter divorced in 1947, and she later lived in Netanya, Israel. Her daughter, Angela, lives in London and is believed to be the only Jew born in a Reich hospital in 1944.

Susan Dworkin is a prolific novelist, playwright, and television writer. She has collaborated on projects that have received Peabody and Emmy awards and has been nominated for the National Book Award. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Ms. Magazine and Ladies' Home Journal.

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

--Jerusalem Post

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Overview

Edith Hahn Beer was an outspoken young law student living in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her first into a ghetto, and then into a labor camp. With the help of a Christian friend, she went underground, took on a new identity, and re-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.

The Nazi Officer's Wife details the constant terror of being a Jew hidden living in Nazi Germany. Even while giving birth to her daughter, Beer refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past. Her memoir is an eloquent testament to one woman's extraordinary courage and will to survive.

Edith Hahn Beer (1914 - 2009) was born in Vienna, Austria. She and Warner Vetter divorced in 1947, and she later lived in Netanya, Israel. Her daughter, Angela, lives in London and is believed to be the only Jew born in a Reich hospital in 1944.

Susan Dworkin is a prolific novelist, playwright, and television writer. She has collaborated on projects that have received Peabody and Emmy awards and has been nominated for the National Book Award. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Ms. Magazine and Ladies' Home Journal.

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

--Jerusalem Post

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780062378088
  • ISBN-10: 0062378082
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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