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The Nazi Officer's Wife

How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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, so she went underground.

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 secret.

©1999 Pritchards Trustees Ltd. as Trustee of the Edith Hahn Trust. All Rights Reserved. (P)2003 Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.

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Absolutely Riveting!

I have read a considerable number novels set during the holocaust and this is simply one of the best I have read. This true life memoir reads like a novel but is authentic and moving. The narrator is excellent and you feel like you are sitting and hearing this story first hand. I would highly recommend this audible book.

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  • Catherine
  • 2006-02-05

An Amazing Story & Narration

I felt as if I was sitting across the table from Edith listening to her relive her story with all of its emotion, stress, and fear. I had read excellent reviews of the book and am so glad that I listened to it instead of read it. The narrator made each character's voice so true and unique. Each sigh and pause was perfect. I could hardly stop listening.

You will not be disappointed!

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Ella
  • toronto,, Ontario, Canada
  • 2006-10-29

Thought Provoking

The story of Edith Hahn Beer is just one of thousands of stories of survival that came out of the holocaust. Each story is one of courage, intelligence and luck. Edith's story is no exception. She did everything she had to do to survive and we are all lucky enough to be able to learn and be inspired by the incredible actions of this woman. The narration was exceptional, Barbara Rosenblat really made Edith come to life. As you listen, you feel her fear and her pain. An excellent listen.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Ira
  • Jamaica Plain, MA, USA
  • 2005-10-25

Amazing, compelling story

This is one of those books that you wish would never, ever end. Narrated beautifully, you think the narrator is telling you a story just to you. Do yourself a favor: download this book. You'll thank me. (By the way, this is the only book I've downloaded that I felt compelled to review).

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Highland Park, IL, USA
  • 2005-11-28

Stunning, Compelling

Here is the story of a young Jewish woman from Vienna who, by what might well be divine intervention, survives the Holocaust as a "U-Boat," a term the author describes as living openly in Nazi-occupied Europe with no one knowing you're Jewish. She marries a German officer and Nazi party member. She survives the war, but this is still a life filled with very sad, and indeed tragic events. A compelling read: Once you start this audio book, you won't want to pause or stop it.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Autumn
  • Marina, CA, United States
  • 2008-09-15

entertaining

This was worth every penny. An excellent story of bravery and survival. If you like this, you might also like Flory- a tale of another young woman who survives the brutality of the Nazi regime. Audible also sells this title.

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  • Sara
  • 2013-09-18

An interesting perspective

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I felt engaged by this book as I listened but I was left with a sense of sadness when the story was over. Survival at any cost is hard to do and very hard to hear about.

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  • Wolfpacker
  • Fort Mill, SC
  • 2008-02-04

Should Be Read By More People

This is a fascinating story that reminds me of a good spy thriller. However, it is a true story and gives a unique perspective on the world for those that lived inside the Nazi empire, particularly what it was like for a Jew in Austria. Highly recommended.

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  • Roberta
  • Eagle, ID, USA
  • 2005-12-11

A must listen!

An incredible story that explores the complex nature of people who live with in times of chaos and confusion. No stereotypes here, but a true telling of people and how they manage through the war. One of the very best audible selections that I've listened to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • United States
  • 2005-09-29

Must read

Wonderful read. What a brave women Edith was!!!!She is truely one of the unspoken heros of her day. We need books like this so we remember.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Rose Campbell
  • Nampa ID
  • 2008-04-22

Perfect

Great book, made even better by the amazingly talented narrator. It is difficult to remember it is not the author herself narrating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful