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Behind Enemy Lines

  • The true story of a French Jewish spy in Nazi Germany. A story of courage, faith and espionage.

    Join us for a historic evening with Mrs. Marthe Cohn, the woman who fought her oppressors and used her perfect German accent and Aryan appearance to become a spy and help the allies defeat the Nazis.

    Followed by an interview with Gil Gross and Rhoda Bodzin from Talk 910, San Francisco

    Date & Time:Sunday, Jan 10th at 7:00 PM
    Location:Osher Marin JCC 200 N San Pedro San Rafael, CA.(Click herefor directions)


  • About:  Marthe Cohn, was born in Metz, France in 1920. She was a devoutly religious Jewish woman living just 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, though, 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 fiance. 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

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