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A STORY OF SURVIVAL DURING THE HOLOCAUST...,
This review is from: The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust (Hardcover)
This is an interesting work of non-fiction that, at times, reads as if it were a novel. Based upon the recollection of a secular Austrian Jew, a young woman named Edith Hahn, the book tells the reader her intriguing story. During the Holocaust, she went underground and fled to Germany. There, she met and fell in love with a member of the Nazi party whom she had told she was Jewish. He married her and kept her secret. In the waning days of the war, her husband was drafted into the German army and ended up a prisoner of war for a time. Upon his return, he found a crumbling German infra-structure, the Nazis out of favor, and his Jewish wife asserting herself as she really was, a well-educated, independent woman.
She tells a tale of sublimation of self in order to survive the rigors of the policies of Nazi Germany that were imposed upon Austria, her country and a land where anti-Semitism was rife. She tells a tale of sublimation of self in order to survive her marriage to a person whose views were so opposite her own. Though Edith loved her husband, she never felt free to be herself until the war was over. Hers is a story of immobilizing fear and survival. This is an intriguing perspective on the Holocaust from the voice of one who who was in a singular position during the latter half of the war, as she was a surviving Jew in Germany.