The Nazi Officer’s Wife

I’ve been absent from my book blog the last couple of weeks — getting my thesis ready to turn in, my final act as a grad student.  As much as I’m glad to be done, it makes me sad to know there’ll be no more first days of school.  I will miss it.

Lately it’s been tough to stick with any book past the first few chapters, so to charge myself back up I went back to my shelf of Holocaust/WWII literature and found The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer.  I never have trouble getting my head into these stories, getting my heart into them, and finishing them.  I continue to be amazed by the triumph of those who survived to tell their stories.  Edith Hahn lived in Vienna with her family.  She was a smart woman who was always at the top of her class, even in law school.  She wanted to become a judge.  She was in her late 20’s when Hitler began invading countries in order to create his Aryan Nation in Europe.  Most of Edith’s family perished.  Edith was saved by a Christian friend and escaped to Munich — right in heart of the Third Reich! — and lived there in the open while hiding her Jewish identity.  And even getting involved with a Nazi officer and bearing his child.

On every page I am astounded by her courage.  The story is well-told.  And unlike many other Holocaust survival books I’ve read, this one spends time toward the end telling what it was like after Hitler’s defeat.  The recovery was not instantaneous.

I recommend adding this one to your reading list.