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The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer
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Mar 10, 2010

really liked it
Read from March 10 to 14, 2010 , read count: 1

This book drew me in very strongly, and very quickly. It's a different kind of WWII/Holocaust book than others I've read, because it's about a woman living in Germany pretending to not be Jewish. She does "quite well" in comparison to being in a death camp (obviously) but had innumerable obstacles of her own and lived in fear almost constantly. Her courage and creativity are memorable.

"Truth" is a strong theme in the book; it goes beyond her personal realization of the Nazi propaganda and focuses on truth as related to who one is and how far you can suppress that for survival. One one hand, she just about lost her sense of self by pretending so well and not being in touch with family; on the other hand, it was nearly impossible to pretend for so long and suppress her personality and anxiety over her family. As in any book dealing with this time and place in history, there were encouraging examples of humanity and courage from people you lease expect to demonstrate this. Resistance comes in many forms and degrees!
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