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.


  • German, as Ich ging durchs Feuer und brannte nicht : Eine aussergewöhnliche Lebens- und Liebesgeschichte (2002) [2]
  • French, as La femme de l'officier nazi : comment une Juive survécut à l'Holocauste (2002) [3]
  • Italian, as La moglie dell'ufficiale nazista (2003)
  • Dutch, as De joodse bruid (2001) [4]
  • 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) [5]
  • Sinhalese, as Yuddhayē aturu katāvaka : (nāsi hamudā niladhāriya gē birinda) (2004).[6]
  • Thai, as เมียนาซี (2005).

2003 documentary[edit]

Directed by Liz Garbus and written by Jack Youngelson, the 2003 documentary retelling of the book starred 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.[7] In addition to being shown in movie theatres, it 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.[8]

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 [9] and Craig P. Sherman [10] and starring Eva Green, Thomas Kretschmann and Alexandra Maria Lara, it was anticipated for release in 2011, but was never filmed.[11]


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