It was published by William Morrow Paperbacks and has a total of 336 pages in the book. With the help of her Aryan friends, Edith changed her identity, moved to Brandenburg, Germany, worked for the Red Cross, married a Nazi party member, and had a baby. It is a story like no other. In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. Her boyfriend, Pepi, proved too terrified to help her, but a Christian friend was not: With the woman's identity papers in hand, Edith fled to Munich. Her story was so compelling that I did not want to put down the book.
This intimate narrative is simply and intelligently written. And it's been one of the few books I've read recently that I literally couldn't put down. I was reading in the bathroom. And so I thank God, Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin and the many unsung heroes who risked life and limb literally to keep a Jewish girl from Vienna safe. The Diary of Anne Frank.
There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Vienna in those days was a magical, picturesque and sophisticated place. One can only imagine Edith's survivor guilt, which most Holocaust survivors suffer from. However, choose such a rating because of the impact such a time in history had in one womans life Edith Hahn a. No matter how much the rest of us learn about this living nightmare, we will never fully comprehend what went on because it will always be second hand. Why this incredible memoir hasn't been included in the canon is beyond me, honestly. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her.
Edith Beer and Susan Dworkin are the authors of this book. Grete was not only a new identity, she was a totally different woman; mild, meek, unassuming and uneducated - hard to pick out of a crowd. In vivid, wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. Knowing she would become a hunted woman, Edith tore the yellow star from her clothing and went underground, scavenging for food and searching each night for a safe place to sleep. Uncertain of her future with a man who did not even know the real Edith Hahn, this writer relates how, after the war, her daughter was baptized.
Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. I enjoyed reading her story. After the war, she returned to being her true self and takes back her life as a Jew and a Judge. Beer's writing voice feels like a story your aunt or grandma is telling you. And the mother wanted nothing to do with Edith. The tone is sober and relays Edith's Grete's feelings and thoughts, but it does not dwell on the evil and pain generated by the Reich.
A documentary film based on the source material and starring Hahn-Beer herself was released in 2003. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. Instead, Nazi Officer's Wife focuses on Edith's own experiences only. The Holocaust of the Jewish peoples of Nazi Europe was perhaps the pinnacle of social categorization and, ultimately, one of the most disrespectful events… Imagine yourself as a Jewish teenager living in Germany and one day a Nazi soldier knocks on your door. She lives in New Jersey. 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 Soviet army, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.
We see the price one pays for concealing an identity so carefully that the concealer doesn't really know who she is anymore. We are fortunate that, at great risk to her life, she kept a record of her survival and has chosen to share her inspiring story. German thugs ruled the streets and laws were passed which tightened the noose around Jewish necks day by day. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. But this book was from a woman who lived through the Holocaust and survived to tell her story.
Such is this book so fantastically written, I became fully absorbed in her plight throughout World War 2. Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. Frighten, because the courage she displayed towers over many. In some ways it's the details of real everyday life -- the food rations, the clandestine radio listening, the casual comments of neighbors -- that make the book come alive. We see what motivates her saving her mother's life, staying near the man she loves and how both those decisions lead her into difficulties in one case and possibly into saving her own and her child's life in the other. A pregnancy added a new dimension to the insanity.
I'm looking forward to watching the documentary of the book on YouTube. This is one of the best books that tell the story of happenings during the years of the Holocaust. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. She, in turn, became the passive, perfect wife Werner desired, abandoning any remaining sense of self. The E-mail message field is required. She discusses this guilt frankly in the book.
Instead, she tore off her yellow star and went underground. Most books are written in generalities by men in that terrible time in history. Many other reviewers have chosen to summarize the plot in their reviews. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. She managed to do so by adopting the identity of an Aryan woman, working as a nurse for the Red Cross, and even marrying a man who would become an officer in the Nazi army. In the case of this book, Edith Hanh Beer allows us to see her very normal life at first disrupted and then torn apart by the invasion of the Nazi's.