The Nazi Officer's Wife

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The Nazi Officer's Wife
Author Edith Hahn-Beer
Country United States
Language English
Published 1999
Publisher Rob Weibach Books
William Morrow and Company

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust is a 1999 autobiography by Austrian-born Edith Hahn-Beer. Written with the help of Susan Dworkin, the book's first edition was published by Rob Weibach Books and William Morrow and Company.[1] A documentary film based on the source material and starring Hahn-Beer herself was released in 2003. A revised version of the book was published in 2009.[2]


  • German, as Ich ging durchs Feuer und brannte nicht : Eine aussergewöhnliche Lebens- und Liebesgeschichte (2002) [3]
  • French, as La femme de l'officier nazi : comment une Juive survécut à l'Holocauste (2002) [4]
  • Italian, as La moglie dell'ufficiale nazista (2003)
  • Dutch, as De joodse bruid (2001) [5]
  • Japanese, as ナチ将校の妻 : あるユダヤ人女性55年目の告白 (Nachi shōkō no tsuma : aru Yudayajin josei 55-nenme no kokuhaku) (2000) [6]
  • Sinhalese, as Yuddhayē aturu katāvaka : (nāsi hamudā niladhāriya gē birinda) (2004).[7]
  • Thai, as เมียนาซี (2005).

2003 documentary[edit]

Directed by Liz Garbus and written by Jack Youngelson, the 2003 documentary retelling of the book stars Hahn-Beer, who was approximately 90 years old at the time. The film features the voice of Julia Ormond and is narrated by Susan Sarandon.[8] In addition to being shown in movie theatres, the film was run on the American TV channel A&E on June 19, 2003. It was reviewed by several major newspapers, including The New York Times and the Boston Herald, and was nominated for a prime-time Emmy.[9]

Planned film adaptation[edit]

A film adaptation of The Nazi Officer's Wife was planned at one point in 2010. Directed by Mike Figgis, written by Charlie Stratton, [10] and Craig P. Sherman [11] and starring Eva Green, Thomas Kretschmann, and Alexandra Maria Lara, it was anticipated for release in 2011 but was never filmed.[12] Co-author Susan Dworkin reports that the movie rights are once again available.[13][14][15]


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  2. ^ "Hahn-Beer, Edith, 1914-2009". Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
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  9. ^ Associated Press
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  13. ^ Dworkin, Susan (Dec 10, 2015). "The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust". Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
  14. ^ Dworkin, Susan (4 April 2018). "The Nazi Officer's Wife". Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
  15. ^ Dworkin, Susan. "From the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. , Transcript". Retrieved 27 May 2018. 

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