Tuesday, March 18, 2008

THE NAZI OFFICER'S WIFE

Edith Hahn Beer
Genre: Memoir
Published: 1999
Personal Rating: 4.75/5
Yearly Count: 36




This is the story of Edith Hahn, a Jewish girl growing up with her family in Vienna, Austria at the beginning of WWII. Edith shares her unique story of survival from childhood thru adulthood including, as the title indicates, marrying a Nazi.

This memoir was devastatingly excellent. I had never read a memoir of a Holocaust survivor that came from this perspective. It was very difficult to put down. Edith exudes courage throughout the book and I applaud her in mustering up the courage, once again, to enlighten others of her plight.

17 comments:

  1. I am glad you found this to be a worthwhile read, Joy. It definitely was a powerful book--and an interesting look into the other ways people found to hide during that horrific time.

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  2. Great review Joy! This sounds really good. You are such an enabler, I added to my TBR.

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  3. Wonderful review, Joy! I'm really tempted to add this to my NFF list now.

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  4. I have this planned for a challenge later this year. Sounds good.

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  5. Literary Feline ~ I learned a lot, yet it all still had the same outcome.
    Holocaust = Horror

    Teddy Rose ~ I don't think you'll be disappointed. It reads as a novel.

    Debi ~ That would work great! (I meant to read it last year.)

    Lynne ~ It is, yet still filled with sadness.

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  6. You're so right, we don't think about the wives and children of the Nazi officers. I think I better plan on reading this one.

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  7. Booklogged ~ Edith marries a Nazi, but she's Jewish!

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  8. Joy - I have a question for you that is not at all on this topic. How do you get so many books read? You are at 36 and I am at 11 for the year. I need some ideas on how to read more. :)Can you give me some insight? Thanks!

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  9. Darcie ~ I responded on your blog, but I'll say the same thing here. The main reason I'm able to read so many books is HERE. :)

    Other than that, I have been introduced to YA books this year and they are shorter and easier reading allowing more time for more books.

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  10. Joy this sounds fascinating and I'll have to look into for the non-fiction five challenge. Thanks for the review.

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  11. Trish ~ It was fascinating in the sense that it came from a different angle.

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  12. I keep eying this at work and now you've convinced me to go ahead and get it. Thanks, Joy!

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  13. Les ~ We know the horrific story of the Holocaust, but I found it interesting to learn new details. I hope you do, too.

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  14. i've added this to my to-read list. (am i ever going to have time to read everything i'd like to?!)

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  15. Alison ~ I'm in the exact same boat! One book (or maybe two or three) at a time. :)

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  16. I'm so glad you liked this book! I read it last year and also loved it.

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  17. Kris ~ Oh! I'll have to come by and see what you had to say. :)

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