Nazi Officer's Wife

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Assembled from contemporary diaries and eyewitness testimony, the two-hour cable documentary The Nazi Officer's Wife is the true story of Edith Hahn, a Jewish woman who grew up in Vienna in the 1920s. When the Nazis marched into Austria in 1938, Edith was expelled from law school, her romance with a non-Jew was broken up, and her mother was deported to a concentration camp. Rather than flee the country, Edith decided to "hide in plain sight," adopting the identity of her Christian friend Grete Denner, moving to Munich, and becoming a Red Cross worker during WWII. (As she recalled decades later, she was obliged to take the Nazi oath to keep her job.) The story became even more incredible when Edith fell in love with aircraft engineer and Nazi party member Werner Vetter. Upon learning that Edith was pregnant in 1944, Werner offered to marry her, knowing full well that she was Jewish -- and agreed to keep her secret. The most poignant moments in this documentary are the on-camera interviews with Edith Hahn and her daughter, Angela Schluter, who was unaware of her mother's astonishing past until she was 33-years-old.


Julia Ormond
as Edith Hahn Beer

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