The Nazi Officer’s Wife Book Review

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As a student of Judaism, and a lover of history, I’ve read my fair share of Holocaust memoirs.  The classroom staples, the hot-button novels, the poetry of the children…but never have I ever read anything like this.  A story so controversial that it had to wait several years to be told…a tale of utter bravery, heroism, foolishness, and shear dumb luck.

The Nazi Officer’s Wife is the true story of Edith Hahn, a woman who outsmarted a whole nation of Germans by marrying into the very regime that was destroying her people.  By taking on the identity of a good friend, Edith tried to make a new life for herself, smack dab in the middle of Nazi Germany.

In her quest to adopt the new persona of “Grete Denner”, Edith ends up meeting and falling for Werner Vetter…who just so happens to be one of the higher ups in Hitler’s army.  Even after discovering that she’s not who she says she is, and is Jewish on top of it, Werner stands by her side…convinced his feelings are still real.

This memoir was so different from every other Holocaust book I’ve ever read.  It wasn’t blasphemous…it wasn’t emotionally distressing or disturbing…if anything, The Nazi Officer’s Wife was a story of inspiration and utter heroism.  The people in Edith’s life were in her life for a reason…to ensure her survival.  Edith survived to tell this story…to share this powerful tale of faith, determination, and ultimate triumph.

NEXT WEEK:  Sometimes we spend a lifetime looking for something that’s been there all along…just maybe not in the form we were expecting.

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3 responses to “The Nazi Officer’s Wife Book Review

  1. This was a very emotional true story that was made into a movie we recently watched on Netflix. It was one of those movies that you don’t want to get up and leave until it’s over so I can imagine how good the book is. The sad part of her lie to survive comes after the war is over as she gets persecuted for being a wife of a German soldier but the rest is for you readers to read about or watch the movie. My husband and I gave it 5 stars out of 5. Submitted by Nyla

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  2. Louiselle

    I read the book and was happily impressed. The book is very well written and full of emotions. I loved it so much that I recommanded it to my mother in law and she read it in only a few days. Great read.

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