5 May 2014

The Nazi Officer's Wife

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:08 pm on 5 May 2014

Edith Hahn Beer just wanted to live. A Jewish woman in Vienna Austria, her family had been forced out of their home in 1939 after the unification of Austria and Nazi Germany. Her sisters were able to escape to Palestine, her Mother was sent to Poland and died. Edith Hahn Beer's survival story is different. She lived not by enduring the brutality of the camps or locking herself away from the Germans. She survived by hiding in plain sight. She assumed the identity of a Christian friend and married a Nazi officer. Edith Hahn Beer died in 2009 at the age of 95. But in 1999 she told her story to writer Susan Dworkin, who wrote her story in a book titled 'The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust'.