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Holocaust Survivor, Former Spy Marthe Cohn to Speak in Boise


Marthe Cohn was born in Metz, France, in April 1920 to an Orthodox Jewish family. When Germany invaded, the family moved south, but one of Cohn's sisters was sent to Auschwitz.

After the liberation of Paris in 1944, Cohn, then 24 years old, joined the Intelligence Service of the French 1st Army. Fluent in both French and German, she was able to sneak into the crumbling Third Reich through Switzerland. Passing as a German nurse in search of information about her missing fiancee, she collected information about the evacuation of the Siegfried Line and the location of a German ambush in the Black Forest.

For her service, she was awarded the Croix de Guerre, Medaille militarie, the Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur, as well as international honors. She's also the author of Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany

Hear more of Cohn's story when she speaks Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Esther Simplot Center for Performing Arts. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more info or tickets check out the event website or call 208-853-9200.