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Edith Hahn-Beer
Birth: Jan. 24, 1914
Vienna
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death: Mar. 17, 2009, England

Author, Holocaust Survivor. An intelligent girl who had a bright future until the Nazis took power, she survived World War II by assuming a fake identity and marrying a Nazi, and later wrote of her experiences. Raised in Vienna, she did well in school, and, unusually for a girl of the time, was sent on to the university. She qualified as an attorney in Austria but was unable to sit for her final exams in Germany when the Anschluss proscribed Jews from all the learned professions. Sent to the Jewish ghetto, she worked in both field and factory for 13 months; letters sent to her then-boyfriend were preserved and form a major original-source record of life in the forced-labor camps. Returned to Vienna in 1942 in preparation for shipment to a death camp where her mother had already perished, she escaped from the train, removed her yellow star, and went into hiding until a friend came to her aid by agreeing to the ruse of pretending to have lost her purse while boating. Edith went to the authorities, identified herself as Christine Maria Margarete Denner, and received fresh identity papers. (For her courage, Miss Denner was later honored in the Tree Garden of Righteous Gentiles, near Jerusalem). Relocating to Munich, she worked as a seamstress and as a Red Cross nurses' aide. In 1943 she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi officer assigned to duty supervising an aircraft factory, and a romance developed. She identified herself as a Jew, he confessed that his divorce was not yet final, the couple married in 1943, and Edith bore a daughter in 1944. At the end of the war, Vetter was captured and sent to a Soviet prison; Edith resumed her Jewish identity and legal work while campaigning for her husband's release. With Vetter's return from Siberia in 1947, however, the marriage collapsed and she escaped to England in 1948 after the KGB tried to recruit her as a spy for the Stasi. There, she worked as a housemaid as her legal credentials were not recognized. She married jeweler Fred Beer (deceased 1984) in 1957, moved to Israel in 1989, and later was to return to England. In 1999 she published "The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust", her work becoming a best-seller and being translated into multiple languages. In 2003 Susan Sarandon narrated a BBC documentary based on the book and at her demise a movie was in pre-production. Edith lived her final years in a London nursing home; her massive files are preserved at the Holocaust Museum in Washington and represent the facility's largest contribution by a single person. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Golders Green Jewish Cemetery
Golders Green
London Borough of Barnet
Greater London, England
 
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Record added: Mar 25, 2009
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- Janis Coleman
 Added: Jan. 24, 2016
Rest in peace.
- Michael
 Added: Jan. 12, 2016

- R I P
 Added: Sep. 20, 2015
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