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The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer
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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 detached source of hope and optimism for her, keeping her grounded and self-aware throughout her ordeals.

In keeping with the title of the memoir, on her way to Poland, Edith departs the train at Vienna, minus one gold star armband. Through the help of various friends, she manages to obtain papers of a German girl, taking the name of a German girl and becoming Grete Denner, a mild mannered, obediant women, instead of the starry-eyed, hopeful and intelligent Edith Hahn that she was. To further go into hiding and blend in with her new identity, Edith moved to Munich were she met the Nazi officer, Werner Vetter.

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