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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