Behind Enemy Lines

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Cohn, Marthe
Jewish; Resistance; undercover; History; Jewish Studies
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Sun., March 27, 2011, 2:00PM - 3:30PMBehind Enemy Lines by Marthe CohnThe courageous Marthe Hoffnung was born in 1920 in the city of Metz, 33 miles from the Franco-German border. Born into a close-knit Jewish family, Marthe and her six brothers and sisters basked in the glow of love, education, and freedom of expression, but darker times altered their lives forever when Hitler's machinations reached the perimeters of France to shatter their lives. Marthe's family played an active role in the Resistance movement, often hiding fellow Jews in their home or ensuring their passage to an escape route. This selflessness would manifest itself further when Marthe joined the French army and, with her perfect German accent and blond hair, made several trips into occupied Germany posing as a German nurse looking for her fiance in order to obtain critical intelligence information. In 1990, at the age of 80, Marthe was awarded the Medaille Militaire, France's highest honor. Despite having played a tremendous role in securing vital strategic information crucial to ending World War II, Cohn relays her amazing story of unprecedented bravery with simplicity and modesty.