I just finished up the audio book The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith H. Beer and Susan Dworkin. I have had a couple blog readers recommend this book so I finally got it through Audible.
I’d like to VERY much thank whoever has recommended this book to me. I found the story well written and very interesting. It is so hard for me to believe that people lived through this terror.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “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.”
I appreciated hearing the story of this survivor. I am so glad that she was brave enough and had the forethought needed to keep pictures and documents so that this awful time in history could be recorded and kept for future generations to see.
Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars. I totally agree. I loved the audio book but noticed that the hard copy does have pictures that I would have appreciated seeing. If you find WWII books interesting, grab this one. You’ll be glad you did.