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The Nazi Officer's Wife

How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

by Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin

On Sale: 03/10/2015

Price: $16.99

The Nazi Officer's Wife

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The Nazi Officer's Wife

How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

by Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin

On Sale: 03/10/2015

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Price: $16.99

About the Book

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

Critical Praise

"A beautiful story of survival, an inspiring tale of overcoming fear." - Washington Jewish Week

“In a well-written narrative that reads like a novel, she relates the escalating fear and humiliating indignities she and others endured, as well as the antisemitism of friends and neighbors. . . . Her story is important both as a personal testament and as an inspiring example of example of perseverance in the face of terrible adversity”. - Publishers Weekly

“A remarkable story.” - Jerusalem Post

“In setting down her own tale of surivival...Edith Han Beer provides a fascinating addition to the testimonial literature.” - Dallas Morning News

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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062378088
  • ISBN 10: 0062378082
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 03/10/2015
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.793 in (d)
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Holocaust
  • BISAC2 : RELIGION / Judaism / History
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical