The Nazi Officer's Wife

The Nazi Officer's Wife Summary

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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.

Book Reviews


Toiching5 star

This was fantastic. Should be required reading for children. Highly recommended.55


Beautiful!5 star

Beautiful story and beautifully told! I was captivated and read the book in full in 3 days! So brave and breath taking was Edith in her mission to survive! I will definitely recommend this book to anyone!55


The Nazi Officer’s Wife5 star

I totally enjoyed reading about the life of this courages woman during WW2. It is a shame that people were murdered because of their religion and ethnicity.55


The Nazi Officer’s Wife5 star

The Best of Us and the Worst of Us A perspective of the WWII Jew that is bone chilling and unique. One of the bravest heroines to appear in literature in a long time. A must read on so many levels.55


What a great book.5 star

When reading this I could hardly put it down. Very well written.55


Different POV5 star

Nice to read a different side to holocaust survival.55


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Loved it5 star

I felt like I was there when I read this book. The time just flew as I could not put it down.55


Loved this story!5 star

What a life story! I didn't want it to end. Told so well.55


Hiding in Plain Sight4 star

The Nazi Officer's Wife tells an amazing story of survival during WW II. Anyone who wants to learn how some were able to live through the horrors of Nazi Germany's persecution of Europe's Jewish population. A well written account of how one woman used her skills to avoid death and to retain her humanity.45

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