Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany by Marthe Cohn
Another wonderful historical book on one of the most horrible times in history. For history buffs, lovers of history, World War 2 researchers. Those who study the past, then this is a must read. I found myself totally connected to the plot, and those involved. The words become images, and the storyline flows with an ease.
The plot itself should make you seek this book out, a French-Jew who decides to become a spy during the Nazi reign. Bravery beyond words describes that. Marthe is the very essence and definition of the term brave soul, hero, one who defied Hitler and his henchmen.
What’s so great about this is, that this is a perfect spy story. Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum could only dream of how unique this woman was. She, through her will to not sit around and allow the horrors to happen, helped so many, and gave so much information to help fight against the horrors of Nazi's.
Marthe was not without the horrors that so many Jews, and persons deemed undesirable went through. Her sister was murdered by the Nazi's, and her finance. She expresses the sadness and the emotional reality to those deaths, but also her will to help. She spoke both French and German. Her looks helped her hide her true race. It was these realities alongside her will power to help, and not sit aside, and allow the Nazi's to destroy. She had to help, and do her part, and what she did, was an amazing reality that few have ever done.
A brilliant book of a true story that will linger with you, and remain on your mind long after reading it. A fascinating woman that deserves to be remembered, and this book deserves to be read.
Would I Return to it: I am a huge history buff and researcher of World War 2 so most assuredly I would.
Would I Recommend: Absolutely. Not only to history buffs, but to a general person who loves to read good books.
Year Published: 2008
Book Length: 312 pages