Ich ging durchs Feuer und brannte nicht : eine außergewöhnliche Lebens-und Liebesgeschichte
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Ich ging durchs Feuer und brannte nicht : eine außergewöhnliche Lebens-und Liebesgeschichte

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Nicht allen Juden, die ihren potenziellen Mördern entkamen, gelang dies durch Flucht: Einige bewegten sich unbemerkt in der Gesellschaft Nazideutschlands. "U-Boote" nennen sie Holocaust-Überlebende, und Edith Hahn-Beer ist eines davon.

Die junge Jurastudentin erlebt den Anschluss Österreichs und wie nun die Hitlersche Ideologie auch für das Wiener Judentum durchschlägt. Ed

Hardcover, 287 pages
Published 2001 by Weltbild (first published 1999)
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This is a four star book. Recently another GR friend rated this with three stars, and to be honest, I was flabbergasted. "HOW CAN YOU NOT BE MOVED BY THIS BOOK?" zinged through my head?! I will try and explain without giving spoilers. First of all, if you are the kind of person, like me, that highly values straight talk, and talk that does not shy away from ANY subject - sex, love, cruelty, motherhood, lying, corruption, guilt and survival - then this is a book for you. Edith will s...more
Found on the history clearance cart at our local HPB, The Nazi Officer’s Wife was a surprise, weaving itself into the heart of my WW2 studies. Author Edith Hahn Beer’s personal story of survival remained untold for almost 50 years until encouragement from her daughter, born in a Nazi Germany hospital, inspired her to share the memories she’d long lived in silence with: “I did not discuss my life as a “U-boat,” a fugitive from the Gestapo living under a false identity beneath the surface of socie...more
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Eva Leger
This felt like a conversation with the author, between only the two of us. I loved it. I loved how easy it read in that way. Stories as personal as this are some of my favorites and this is right near the top.
The photos the author included are astounding, some of the words can even be made out. The reader can actually see, although I couldn't read it, the letter her husband had smuggled to her from a Siberian prisoner when he was a POW.
I think the biggest thing for me was how clear she made wh...more
Jordan Boone
Oct 26, 2011 Jordan Boone rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
This unique topic drew me in. The issues of the book really intrigued me. At first I thought it would just be about Edith Hahn Beer's life being married to a Nazi officer, but it delves much more into the Holocaust than that. This shows an unusual way one Jewish woman survived World War II.
Though the diction and sentence structure is relatively easy to read (despite the few German words woven into the sentences), I love how the book really engulfs you in the way the world was in the 1930s and 1...more
Michel Clasquin-Johnson
This is an incredible, true story. That doesn't give it a free pass as a book. To put it plainly, it is badly written. In fact it is not written at all, the spoken interview was committed directly to publishing. "I knew a girl. Her name was so-and-so. She had red hair. I liked her brother a lot." The red-haired girl is then never mentioned again while the brother only pops up again, and is finally named, fifty pages later. We all talk like this. But this is not how written text works. The book s...more
Ich habe es endlich übers Herz gebracht eine Rezi zu schreiben. Wahrscheinlich habe ich nur eine kleine Pause gebraucht um nach diesem Buch meine Gefühle wieder unter Kontrolle zu haben.

Das Cover finde ich wirklich sehr schön, obwohl es in diesem Buch um keine klassische "Liebesgeschichte" geht. Ich verstehe auch nicht warum man diese Lebensgeschichte als so etwas verkaufen zu versucht. Aber die Wege der Verleger sind unergründlich, sicher erhoffeten sie sich so mehr Käufer. Nun, trotz meiner e...more
Athena Nagel
I have always been interested in books and stories from the Nazi era. Not because I find the topic entertaining - but because I believe it is important to understand the atrocities that existed. History tends to repeat itself - I think we need to do all that we can to avoid making mistakes that have been made in the past and this moment in history should never ever happen again. I had no clue what this story would be like but I wanted to read about the Nazi side of the events - how did things ge...more
My doctor wants to know why this year I have taken to reading books about the Holocaust.

I don't know. It's not the time period I'm usually interested in. I much prefer the Tudors. Yet, when I taught Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl earlier this year, I did some more reading, and haven't stopped for whatever reason.

Maybe it is because I'm P*ssed off at the Holocaust deniers. I don't know.

I picked this book up at an used bookstore. It is a different perspective on the Holocaust.

Yeah, I know t...more
Nari (The Novel World)
At the age of 27, and only one test away from achieving her law degree, Edith was turned away from her University due to the ridiculous rules set up by Hilter and the Reich. Edith and her mom are trapped in the slow and agonizing decline of Jewish civil rights as they lose their ability to sustain themselves. Edith is sent to work in various work camps for years, under the promise that while she works, her family will be kept safe from the concentration camps. Her boyfriend Pepi, is often a deta...more
May 08, 2010 Karin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WW2 history buffs
Edith, an aspiring lawyer, does not leave Austria with her sister as the Nazis were coming into power. She is assigned by the nazi's to work on a farm as a sort of slave. When the growing season is over, instead of allowing her to return to her family, Edith is sent to a factory. She keeps hoping her boyfriend will marry her but he is under the thumb of his mother and can't seem to think for himself. Edith ends up going into hiding, using a gentile friend's name etc.- with permission, of course....more
Most people have heard of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who lived through most of WWII in an annex, hidden away from the world for a few years before being turned in and sentenced to her death in a concentration camp.

The question I had to ask myself after finishing "The Nazi Officer's Wife..." was, 'How have I not heard of this book before?' Why is it not on any reading list that I was given in my high school classes?

This book is a fantastic and beautiful story of a Jewish woman living thro...more
This work is an autobiography of a woman, Edith Hahn, who survived in Austria and Germany during WWII. I read this book right after reading The Holocaust Industry, so I wonder if some of my reaction to the book was colored by some of the issues Finkelstein brought up.

The book was unusual - Hahn wasn't in a camp, and she wasn't in hiding in the way Anne Frank did. Instead, she managed to work the system, finding people to help her (often people who weren't family or close friends, and a lot of s...more
A very unusual entry in the literature of The Holocaust. The book encourages discussion about the different roles and actions of the players in both the book and the historical record.

The motivation of the author, Edith Hahn Beer, to finally tell this story is an interesting topic. A simple motivation is the encouragement of her daughter who did not know the full story until she was well into her adulthood. There are stories and reports that Hahn Beer may have needed to bolster her finances tha...more
The title is somewhat sensational. This is the story of a Jewish woman during WWII who spent time in work camps, then was able to adopt a false identity with the help of a friend, and ended up married to a man who was then drafted into Nazi officer service late in the war (he knew about her real identity before they married). Still, as the story develops, it is a fascinating read. A&E aired a special documentary on this story which I watched a few years ago. The book goes into much more deta...more
There were some reviews critical to Edith's choices during her knife in Nazi Germany; however, until you have had to make those choices in a country turned against you, I would not make judgements. I thought her life was remarkable. I have read through many WWII stories about the Jewish experience, but this was real. Ms Beer tells her own story with the help of Ms Dworkin. The book reads like she is talking to you I.e. " you have to understand, in those days....". I thought it was well written a...more
This is an amazing story of a woman who survives the Holocaust while still staying within the Nazi realm and regime. This book is definitely one of the most inspiring books that I have read this year.

Edith Hahn, the protagonist and narrator of this book, is a young Viennese girl who is studying law and has an outspoken nature. However, due to the turn of events, she is forced into a labor camp by the Gestapo but she manages to get her mother from facing the same problems. She returns home after...more
Excellent true story of the lengths some had to go through in order to stay alive in Nazi Germany. This woman's life was one of heroism, fear, and accomplishment. Who could condem such a woman for doing all she could to protect herself and eventually her child? This book certainly gave a new perspective on the intrepid ability of a Jewish woman to stay alive and survive the Holocaust.
Harry Sahl
What a great read! The amazing story of one woman's survival from the Nazi's. The book's title may be a little misleading since Edith Hahn doesn't meet her future husband until about halfway through the book. However, the subtitle is the real story - How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust. The story begins in the 1920's in Vienna where life was good for the Hahn family. Edith's parents own a restaurant, she is a popular teenager, a successful law student and has a boyfriend - Pepi. I enjoye...more
This was a wonderful memoir written by a woman, Edith Hahn, who after years of staying quiet and never divulging what she went through during the Holocast, is persuaded by her daughter to share her story. What an incredible story she tells and how she manages to outwit the Nazis as a Jewish woman living In Austria and then Germany. She does eventually marry a Nazi officer, but must set aside her career ambitions, cook, clean and live as a "U-boat" remaining disguised under a sea of terror that t...more
2.5 stars.
After a slow, rather bumpy first two-thirds of the book, with a lot of confusing characters thrown in and not-so-great-writing, the main character Edith Hahn finally meets the man who will make her his wife. I must say I felt misled by the title as she didn’t marry an officer, although he was a Nazi, and then they were a married couple for a very short time while he was an actual officer. That was when he got drafted and sent away, so they were not even living together. The book really...more
Elliot Ratzman
With echoes of Europa, Europa, Edith Beer hid out in Nazi Germany passing as Aryan, where she met and married a Nazi official. She had grown up in an assimilated Viennese Jewish environment, joined the Socialist youths and fell in love with a young intellectual. But after a grueling year of slave labor she returns to Vienna, going underground. After taking her friend’s Aryan identity she lives out the war with her new Nazi husband a “U-boat” off the radar screen. The lessons of this story are th...more
For anyone who knows me, you already understand that I have an odd obsession with Hitler and the Holocaust--maybe it's because I have warring factions within my family (half Polish, half German), or maybe it's because I just can't understand how the systematic elimination of a group of people happens (and keeps happening). It's a mindset that fascinates and horrifies me, and this book brings it to an eerily personal level.
Edith Hahn is a Jew living in Vienna--she has a close-to-idyllic childhoo...more
Not the sort of book I would choose for myself, this was my bookclub read for November.

Edith Hahn was a rather naive Jewish law student from Austria in her twenties when the Nazis took over the country. This biography tells the story of her survival and like all holocaust memoirs leaves you feeling uncomfortable, full of unanswered questions and despair at the hatred the human race is capable of.

Edith's story differs from others I have read in that she chose to survive by literally sleeping wit...more
Edith Hahn was a child in a loving Jewish family in Vienna. Assimilated Jews, they spoke little yiddish or Hebrew, attended no synagogue, and lived their lives like most other middle class Viennese. Except they were Jews, and despite outward appearances of acceptance, Austria was a country with anti-semitic roots, and Vienna in the 1930s was a city heading towards embracing the anti-semitism of Nazi Germany.

This is Edith's story, told in the first person, of how she survived the 1930s and 1940s...more
Donna Barnes
My book club is reading books with the title of the word "wife" in it, and after Aviator's Wife (which was better), I chose this one to read. I have read a number of books on the Holocaust because it is one of my favorite subjects to read about, but this one was just okay. The title is misleading.........she doesn't become the nazi officer's wife until about page 200. So there was a lot of her and her family dealing with being in Vienna and Jewish. And there were so many names that we were expec...more
I wavered between 3 & 4 stars.

The story of Edith's life as she goes from university life, studying law, to living under the Reich is one that is welcome. To read the gradual progression of the rescinding of the rights of Jews to the most basic services.

As a fellow & hopefully lifelong student of life, I was as heartbroken as Edith when she is informed that she cannot take her lawyer's exam; she had completed all her course-work.

The small & random acts of kindness she received are e...more
Kat (A Journey In Reading)
This is an autobiographical story of a Jewish woman living in Austria during the rise of the Nazi's power. Edith Hahn Beer was an intelligent and educated woman only one exam away from becoming a lawyer and judge until Hitler implemented a certain rule and she was dismissed from college.

As WWII progressed and the Jews were being "relocated" to work camps or being sent to their death, Edith was sent to work on a farm. When she returned home she realized what had been happening in her home of Vie...more
To survive one must live. This is a story of a woman who moved forward no matter what was obstacles she faced. She was extremely intelligent and asset every one her situations not just to save her life but also her integrity. Her story has changed me, and it may never have been told. They say history is written by the victors; I am glad that small everyday victories fell into my hands.
Loved this book! It is a different viewpoint of the Holocaust/WWII than I have read before. As always my heart broke so many times at the inhumanities inflicted on human beings by their fellow humans! But my heart also took strength in the kindnesses, sacrifice and courage that also took place.
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