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f the handful of European Jews
who did not perish in the
Holocaust, some escaped by luck,
others by a combination of will and
All three factors were working in
the favor of Edith Hahn Beer, a
young Viennese-Jewish law student Edith Hahn Beer's new identity card
who survived by hiding in plain
sight — as the wife of a Nazi officer.
life that enabled her to survive the
Beer's extraordinary story, recounted in Holocaust."
her memoir The Nazi Officer's WO
That family included a daughter who
(Perennial; $14; paperback), comes to
never knew the truth about her father —
cable station A&E as a two-hour docu-
until she was 30 and discovered her birth
mentary 8 p.m. Sunday, June 29, with
certificate, stamped with a swastika.
narration by Susan Sarandon and read-
(Edith and Werner divorced after he
ings by Julia Ormond.
returned from the war, after she had
About to be deported, Beer fled to
become a judge and was no longer the
Munich with Aryan friend Grete
compliant hausfrau he expected.)
Denner's duplicate identity papers, got a
Before then, "I'd never made the con-
job with the Red Cross, and met Werner nection," says Angela Schluter, who was
Vetter, who kept her secret "because he
raised by Beer — as a Jew — in
loved me," she says.
Neither of them ever spoke of it dur-
But as the incredible story unfolded
ing the war, but it gnawed at her con-
via her mother's documents and pictures,
stantly. "I had a very difficult time," she
Schluter knew it should be told — and
confides. "I had many nights without
it will continue to be. Her mother's
sleep and I was afraid, but I kept it from
memoir is now being adapted for a
In order to cope, "she abandoned her
— Gerri Miller
former self, and didn't talk to Werner
about her worries about her mother,
The Nazi Officer's Wife airs 8-10 p.117.
who'd been sent to Poland," says produc-
Sunday, June 29, on A&E.
er/director Liz Garbus. "They created a
fantasy life. That was the way she was
able to maintain this very delicate family
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Ryan Fogelman, co-owner
of the Detroit Spice
Company, gives a customer
a sample at the Second
Avenue Street Market.
New to this year's TasteFest is the Detroit
Youth Foundation's YouthVille for tweens and
teens to rock climb, shoot hoops and check
out skateboarding and shows. For the
younger set, the Farmer Jack Tot Lot will
include the Barnyard Express, a mobile edu
cation farm center and petting zoo.
The Loews Cineplex "Movies in Motion
Tour" features films in a 150-person screening
room with interactive movie/product displays,
games, prizes and concessions.
Making arrangements through the New
Center Council Inc., TasteFest planners desig-
nate proceeds to support charitable activities,
including the maintenance of New Center's
outdoor public spaces. More information on
TasteFest is available at (313) 872-0188 and
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