epub books The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer – doctorio.us
F the few Jews hiding in plain sight in the Reich
the Second World War who evaded deportation were known as U boats Those who could pass for Aryan in looks and had the right connections could take their chances living on falsified papers That s how Edith Hahn 29 year old Austrian law student became Grete Denner meek 21 year old nurse s aid living in Munich Every day she lived in fear of capture She couldn t use food ration or clothing coupons because it would tip off the authorities She took a job at the Red Cross specifically because they did less background checks and fed their nurses on siteWhen Edith now Grete caught the eye of Nazi officer Werner Vetter it seemed like a stroke of bad luck that could expose her But it wound up being what saved her So besotted by her Werner didn t turn her into the Gestapo but rather married her Edith fell into the roll of the submissive dutiful hausefrau expected of German women That made Werner happy and making him happy kept her alive But there was also true love between them I think that was one of the enuine surprises of the book that Edith could fall in love with a man who viewed her blood as racially inferior But Edith would be uick to point out that no one person was all Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, good or all bad Sometimes it was the most brutal SS man who saved your life and the sweetest old lady who betrayed you for a few coinsI found Edith s story really compelling I found some of her decisions hard to understand but then again I ve never been in her shoes One thing I really appreciated was the uniue insight into the German collective psyche during the war After V Day you couldn t find a single Nazi in all of the country everyone was against the regime and always had been But during the war many Germans would candidly speak to each other about things they would later deny ever saying or even thinking Posing as a fellow upstanding Aryan Edith was a first hand witness to thisThe one problem with this book is that it isn t organized as well as it could be People are mentioned forgotten and then mentioned again much later with no reminder for the reader who they are The author also does not utilize dates nearly enough Overall though prettyood memoir from a woman with a uniue life story What makes this memoir of an Austrian Jewish woman relentlessly moving is the attention to detail the sharp incisive nature of Hahn s observations These elouently described details bring the narrative vividly to life The title is slightly misleading and hints perhaps at a cinematic melodrama which does this book a disservice Her husband was a painter blind in one eye and thus spent most of the war working as a kind of foreman in a paint factory Only when the Nazis were on the verge of defeat and desperate was he conscripted and made an officer He is essentially a ood man not at all synonymous with the term Nazi
During The Second World War
Officer She Does A Brilliant Job Of She does a brilliant job of the constant terrors of being trapped in a world where you are being hunted Most poignantly of all she ets us to understand that everyone almost always has the choice of being kind or unkind no matter what the circumstances True to show kindness often takes courage but Hahn shows us that courage is no less a part of our humanity than charity It s essentially an incredibly Life Is Unfair (Malcolm in the Middle, gripping and moving story of kindness and unkindness And as Hahn points out It was the individuals who made their own rules in many situations No one forced them to act in an unkind manner The opportunity to act decently towards us was always available to them Only the tiniest number of them ever used it Wholeheartedly recommended NO SPOILERSThis is a four star book Recently another GR friend rated this with three stars and to be honest I was flabbergasted HOW CAN YOU NOT BE MOVED BY THIS BOOK zinged through my head I will try and explain withoutiving spoilers First of all if you are the kind of person like me that highly values straight talk and talk that does not shy away from ANY subject sex love cruelty motherhood lying corruption uilt and survival then this is a book for ANY subject sex love cruelty motherhood lying corruption uilt and survival then this is a book for Edith will say Now remember this to jolt you She will say Now maybe you are uestioning how I could and then she explains so clearly and so succinctly that what before seem. Man's identity papers in hand Edith fled to Munich There she met Werner Vetter a Nazi party member who fell in love with her And despite her protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish he married her and kept her identity secretIn vivid wrenching detail Edith recalls a life of constant almost paralyzing fear She tells of German officials who casually uestioned the lineage of her parents; of how when iving birth to her daughter she refused all painkillers afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal her past; and of how after her husband was captur.
This felt like a conversation with the
Author Between Only The Two Of Usbetween only the two of us loved it I loved how easy it read in that way Stories as personal as this are some of my favorites and this is right near the top The photos the author included are astounding some of the words can even be made out The reader can actually see although I couldn t read it the letter her husband had smuggled to her from a Siberian prisoner when he was a POW I think the biggest thing for me was how clear she made what her life was like Most Holocaust readers know what life like
"in the camps camps what life was like hidden in fields forests barns someone s hidden room But this may have been my first memoir about a person hiding out in the open I loved one part when after the war she went back to et her papers changed and she met the same man who had Witch, Cat, and Cobb given her papers saying she was deutschblutig German blooded He was highly offended about the fact that she had lied to him There is testament after testament to the honor with which this woman livedlives She became a judge after the war which is where she had been headed before the war and before the Nazi s put a stop to it She was offered no pushed to judge Nazi cases and she refused How does one do that I d have accepted and punished them with everything I had I can t imagine being so honest so duty bound that I would refuse I have an immense respect for this womanEdith s daughter was born during the war and the way her husband acted on his return was hideous Apparently the Jewish blood was stronger and overruled the German blood This makes no sense to me because weren t the Germans superior Wouldn t that made this the other way around Not to fit their crazy schemes He had wanted a son I wonder if it would have been the same Would the sons Jewish blood had overridden the German What a pity some people have these thoughts and feelings I can t count all of the times when I felt such sympathy for the author and as I kept reading realized she didn t need it She has to be one of the strongest women to have ever lived She lived a remarkable life and we all owe her and her daughter a debt ofratitude that she s written it down for us to learn The Nazi Officer s Wife How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust was a most important memoir as told by Holocaust survivor Edith Hahn Beer She purposely buried her story for many years not wanting to relive the past nor to burden younger Quinn (Wyoming Sky, generations with her sad memories However her daughter Angela urged her to tell her story In 1997 she sold her archive of wartime letters pictures and documents to Sotheby s where it was bought by two philanthropists who donated it all to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC The Hahn family lived in Vienna where Edith was well educated and almost out of law school when she was forced by the occupying forces into ahetto and on to a labor camp where she became separated from her mother What follows is a tragic but compelling story as we see how Edith is forced underground eventually able to forge a new identity and live in Germany It is a The Princes Bride gripping frightening and tragic tale while at the same timeiving us all hope in the resilience of the human spirit That s all it takes you see a moment of kindness Someone who is sweet and understanding who seems to be sent there like an angel on the road to A Cinderella Christmas Carol (Suddenly Cinderella, get you through the nightmareI simply retreated down down down trying to live in imitation of the German writer Erich Kastner whom I always admired and who responded to the Nazi years with what was called internal emigration The soul withdrew to a rational silence The body remained there in the madnessMy baby lay on a blanket laughing and cooing wriggling with happiness as I nuzzled her little belly And meanwhile the bombs smashed into the city over the horizon the sky flashed with orange and black waves of death the antiaircraft cannons roared The earth beneath her shook and trembled and Angela kicked her legs and laughed She kept me sane She made me smile in the presence of death She was my miracle As long as I had her I felt that any miracle could happen that all of the world could be savedWhat you see is a mask of calm and civility Inside always forever I am still weeping Edith Hahn was one Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman studying law in Vienna when the Gestapo forced Edith and her mother into ahetto issuing them papers branded with a J Soon Edith was taken away to a labor camp and though she convinced Nazi officials to spare her mother when she returned home her mother had been deported 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 Her boyfriend Pepi proved too terrified to help her but a Christian friend was not With the wo. Ed strange is know dazzingly obvious The fantastic prose hits you fromthe first page Then as you et to know EdithGrete you arefirst page Then as you et to know EdithGrete you are into her moral dilemas the choices she made When I picked up this book honestly I had a completely different view of Edith I was a bit disgusted at the thought of a Jewish woman who survived the holocaust by marrying a Nazi officer I thought she was self centered Well she isn t Not at all She is a wonderful kind person who suffered terribly during the war Terribly She never lost her integrity Never You et completely the wrong idea of EdithBY READING THAT TITLE THE TITLE IS PERFECT BUTreading that title The title IS perfect but have to read the book to understand This book is about people and how we all react differently when shit hits the fan You come to empathize with Chrstl Elisabeth Pepi Werner Doctor Maria Nierderall Klothilde and I shouldn t stop here bc the list oes on and on Not all of these people acted admirably but what they did you come to understand That is why I used the word empathy This book focuses on how people behave and why they behave as they do not delivered as a lecture but simply by throwing a spotlight on them This is a book about the holocaust but don t think it is devoid of humor I promise you people are just so unbelievably funny What they come up with is utterly amaing and absurdly funny and wonderful Another very interesting issue is what Edith did with her education as a lawyer judge How it meandered AFTER the war To tell you would be a spoiler but it is a very interesting point How other Jews and Germans have reacted to Edith after the war is also revealing I could L. 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Montgomery go on and on Instead read the book Through page 153 Most people do not have the courage to be kind Most often kindness doesn t demand courage but sometimes it does and then who is strong enough brave enough to jeopardize their own security for another human being Such people are to be found on BOTH sides of any conflict In this case some were Nazis others wereentiles and others Jews Finally someone a complete stranger a Nazi reaches out and helps Edith with explicit exact instructions devoid of emotion He turned away The interview was over I had never listened so hard to anything in my life Every word was printed on my mindHe did not wish me luck He did not ask for money He did not say Splitting Seconds (Songbird Series good bye I never saw him againHe saved my lifeWith these words you see how this author expresses herself in telling her storyThrough page 147 I like this book very much Look at Edith s chin on the front cover Look at her eyes Her chin shows her relentless will toet through this mess Her eves hold something back Her strength is visible but it is at the same time cautious She is back in Vienna and alone In all senses She doesn t know where she can sleep or where she will The Snatching of Bookie Bob and Other Stories get her next meal People who were close to her areone And those who remain like her boyfriend Well read her tale I have noted many sections that I should uote but it is terribly difficult to pick just one They show that she is a person like all the rest of us simply trying to Continuous Delivery with Docker and Jenkins: Delivering software at scale 1, Rafal Leszko, eBook - Amazon.com get through this mess at the same time retaining an ounce of integrity This book shows how many different people behave when put in a tight spot Or should I say when stamped on Each behaves differently some better than others but the focus is on each idividual behavior Unpretentious writing from start to finish You can relate to her thoughts and experiencesThrough page 23 I love this absolutely love this book Why Well it is all in the ability of the author to write anchanting prose Very simple very down to earth and with humor The following lines are from page 9have you heard that the Russians are cannibals Have you heard that they eat their youngYes sirAnd do you believe thatI took a chance Some people do sir But I think if the russians ate their babies there would not be so many Russians as there apparently areHe Laughed He had warm humorous and aentle manner He even reminded me a little of my randfatherThis is a memoir about a Jewish woman who survived WW2 How By being the wife of a Nazi officerBefore starting I Will return to reading about Armenia but first this since Maude and I want to read a book together 0 So many have siad this must be read And I always love memoir. Ed by the Russians and sent to Siberia Edith was bombed out of her house and had to hide in a closet with her daughter while drunken Russians soldiers raped women on the streetYet despite the risk it posed to her life Edith Hahn created a remarkable collective record of survival She saved every set of real and falsified papers letters she received from her lost love Pepi and photographs she managed to take inside labor camps On exhibit at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC these hundreds of documents form the fabric of an epic story complex troubling and ultimately triumphan.
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