Marthe Cohn was a beautiful young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. But soon her homeland was also under Nazi rule. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Marthe’s sister was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. The rest ofMarthe Cohn was a beautiful young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. But soon her homeland was also under Nazi rule. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Marthe’s sister was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. The rest of her family was forced to flee to the south of France. Always a fighter, Marthe joined the French Army.As a member of the intelligence service of the French First Army, Marthe fought valiantly to retrieve needed inside information about Nazi troop movements by slipping behind enemy lines, utilizing her perfect German accent and blond hair to pose as a young German nurse who was desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fiancé. By traveling throughout the countryside and approaching troops sympathetic to her plight, risking death every time she did so, she learned where they were going next and was able to alert Allied commanders.When, at the age of eighty, Marthe Cohn was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Médaille Militaire, not even her children knew to what extent this modest woman had faced death daily while helping defeat the Nazi empire. At its heart, this remarkable memoir is the tale of an ordinary human being who, under extraordinary circumstances, became the hero her country needed her to be....
|Title||:||Behind Enemy Lines|
|Number of Pages||:||205 Pages|
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Behind Enemy Lines Reviews
I had the opportunity to hear Marthe speak four days ago, just as I was finishing the book. She is now 94' yrs old, 4 ft 10 in and sharp as a tack!! What an extraordinary woman. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Just the right amount of detail to make it poignant, but not so much to make sufferable. It included lesser known historical details which were very interesting. It is a real tribute to what the human person can do when the soul is willing!
This was a wonderful read - especially the second half. It brought home how easy it was for Jewish people to get caught in the mentality that Hitler's cruelty wouldn't reach them - until it did. I had never read anything about WWII that highlighted a Jew who hid her identity in order to survive. Marthe was able to work and go to school without a lot of people knowing she was a Jew - either because she worked with forged documents or people were kind enough to defy the Nazis on her behalf. The first half of the book talked a lot about her family life and laid the foundation for how the war affected her family in the end. It was a bit dry. The second half was about her spy work in the military. That's when the book really caught my attention. The hand of God was certainly present in her life - protecting her so she could get her work done and message through. Marthe suffers heartbreak and pulls through cowardice and great courage. I love her emphasis on not judging another's acts or cowardice because we have no idea how we would act in a similar situation unless we are in it. Ultimately this is a triumphant book about a remarkable woman. Definitely recommended!
Just finished my Book Club Book and couldn't put it down - it took me forever to read it because of time. So many adventures and exciting parts throughout. A memoir of Marthe Cohn a tale of an extraordinary young woman (in her 20's) that was put under extraordinary circumstances became a hero and was awarded France's highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire a rare medal awarded for outstanding military service and given in the past to the likes of Winston Churchill.I definitely recommend this book!
I love that women are coming forward to tell their stories of loss and courage. The narrative thus far has been male and they have not made any room for women. This needs to change before we can claim equality in strength and purpose.
I was glad to know that people like Marte Cohen exist in the world and work really hard to do what is right. It's very difficult to stand up to what is going on around you and Marte Cohen did. The writing in this book is a bit uneven and stalls in bits but the story is easy to read and compelling. I read this book in several small chunks but found it easy to keep the storyline.
The description of yet another "ordinary" hero of WWII is awe-inspiring. The bravery of my parents' generation never ceases to amaze and inspire. I was less impressed with the writing style of the book,however, as it seemed stiff, the equivalent in places of a student reciting names, dates and places for a history exam. But considering the events described, that seems a rather minor quibble.
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I am on awe at the bravery, perseverance, and hope of this woman as she faced the horrors of WWII
Interesting perspective of WWII in France. Story of a young Jewish girl dared to risk everything for her family and country.