The Nazi Officer's Wife

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Filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA) documents the extraordinary story of Edith Hahn in The Nazi Officer's Wife. Using old newsreel footage, personal photos, and interviews with Hahn, her daughter Angela, and various acquaintances, with narration by Susan Sarandon and Julia Ormond (who reads excerpts from Hahn's autobiography), the film explores how Hahn, a Jewish woman living in Vienna during the Nazi takeover of Austria, survived. The film begins the tale with Hahn's childhood, including her education, ...
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Filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA) documents the extraordinary story of Edith Hahn in The Nazi Officer's Wife. Using old newsreel footage, personal photos, and interviews with Hahn, her daughter Angela, and various acquaintances, with narration by Susan Sarandon and Julia Ormond (who reads excerpts from Hahn's autobiography), the film explores how Hahn, a Jewish woman living in Vienna during the Nazi takeover of Austria, survived. The film begins the tale with Hahn's childhood, including her education, the death of her father, and her college romance with a half-Jewish intellectual. As the Nazis grew in power, and Hahn's sisters fled for Palestine, he insisted that they would be safe in Vienna. Soon, Hahn, a law student, found herself in a slave labor camp. By the time she returned to Vienna, her mother had been sent to a concentration camp in Poland. Certain to be deported herself, Hahn chose instead to remove the yellow star from her clothing and go into hiding. Finding help from the unlikeliest of sources (including two prominent members of the Nazi party,) Hahn took on a new identity as a young Aryan woman, and left Vienna, traveling to Munich, in the heart of the Third Reich, where she got a job working as a nurse's aide for the Red Cross. There, visiting a museum, she met a bright and well-spoken Nazi, Werner Vetter, who approached her. Soon, against Hahn's better judgment, the two had started a romance, which eventually led to an unlikely marriage and a child. All the while, Hahn kept up her disguise to all but her husband, even suppressing her own vital personality, and taking on the role of a subservient Aryan housewife.
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Special Features

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Liz Garbus' The Nazi Officer's Wife is a fascinating story about one woman's struggle for survival. Garbus, along with screenwriter Jack Youngelson, has turned Edith Hahn's remarkable tale into an informative and riveting film. The source material, including Hahn's own first-hand account, is so strong that it would be easy to overlook how expertly the filmmakers have assembled the material. They really do justice to Hahn's amazing journey, providing just enough historical context and background to give a real feeling for who Hahn was and the times she lived through. The narrators, Susan Sarandon and Julia Ormond, do a fine job, though it could be argued that it's somewhat deceptive having the mellifluous voice of Ormond reading from Hahn's biography, which was written when Hahn was a much older woman. That minor quibble aside, the film is a unique survival tale of the Holocaust that gives viewers an unusual look deep inside the Third Reich from the perspective of a proudly intelligent Jewish woman. With all the documentaries that have been made about the period, this is one story we haven't heard before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • UPC: 733961709209
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Sarandon Voice Only
Julia Ormond Voice Only
Technical Credits
Liz Garbus Director, Executive Producer, Producer
Eric Seuel Davies Editor
Scott Duncan Executive Producer
Daniel B. Gold Cinematographer
Tamar Hacker Executive Producer
Rory Kennedy Executive Producer, Producer
Sheldon Mirowitz Score Composer
Kathryn Tyus-Adair Executive Producer
Jack Youngelson Co-producer, Producer, Screenwriter, Teleplay
Christine Zilber Producer
Laurent Zilber Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Train to Munich [4:35]
2. High School Years [5:51]
3. Political Unrest [5:01]
4. Germans Enter Austria [6:33]
5. Exile [4:36]
6. Goodbye to Mother [7:51]
7. Changing Identities [13:14]
8. New Life i Munich [11:59]
9. Aryan Marriage [7:35]
10. A Child in the Reich [8:30]
11. Edith Again [13:16]
12. A New Life [7:01]
13. Credits [1:02]
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