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Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines


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96 year old Marthe Cohn, who was honored for her part in the French resistance, to share her story in Fountain Hills on December 8th

Marthe Cohn was born in Metz, France in 1920. She was a devoutly religious Jewish woman living across the German border in France, when Hitler rose to power. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Marthe's sister was sent to Auschwitz while her family fled to the South of France.

Marthe chose to fight back, and joined the intelligence service of the First French Army. Utilizing her perfect German accent and "Aryan" appearance, Marthe posed as a German nurse desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fiancé. She traveled the countryside and approached troops sympathetic to her 'plight', thereby obtaining critical information for the Allied commanders.

When at age 80, Cohn was awarded France's highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire, not even her children knew to what extent this modest woman faced death daily to defeat the Nazi empire. At its heart, this remarkable story is the tale of an ordinary human being who, under extraordinary circumstances, became the hero her country needed her to be.

In 2002 Marthe penned her memoir, "Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany". She lives together with her husband in Palos Verdes, CA and travels internationally, sharing her remarkable story.

It is rare that we have the opportunity in our lifetime to meet a heroine the likes of Marthe Cohn

“With the passing of time, the possibility to hear these stories firsthand grow smaller and smaller. I encourage every resident of our community - young and old - to come hear this remarkable woman tell her incredible story of courage & faith”.

The talk will take place at the Fountain Hills Learning Center, 16000 Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills 85268 on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 PM.

There will be a book signing following the talk.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here

Tickets for the evening are $15 advanced paid reservation by 12/4, $20 admission at the door, $180 event sponsor, which includes one book and VIP seating for two.