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Chabad Jewish Center Cape Coral gala dinner to feature ‘historic evening with Marthe Cohn’

Speaker is author of ‘Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany’

February 2, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

This Wednesday, Feb. 7, Chabad of Cape Coral will be hosting a heroine of the Holocaust when 97-year-old Marthe Cohn shares her incredible story of courage, faith and espionage.

Cohn will share her story Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village.

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, Cohn's sister was sent to Auschwitz while her family fled to the South of France.

Cohn chose to fight back, and joined the intelligence service of the First French Army. Utilizing her perfect German accent and "Aryan" appearance, she posed as a German nurse desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fiancee. 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, Cohn 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, California, 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," said Rabbi Yossi Labkowski, director of Chabad of Cape Coral. "With the passing of time, the possibility to hear these stories firsthand grow smaller and smaller. I encourage our community to come hear this remarkable woman tell her incredible story of courage and faith."

Cohn will be the feature speaker at Chabad's Annual Gala Dinner. Chabad's continued growth and expansion servicing the local community is a true testament to the survival of the Jewish people.

This event will feature a VIP cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Cohn, purchase her book and have it autographed.

This event is open to the entire community.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Chabad Jewish Center at 239-963-4770.



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