French Jewish woman to recount her exploits as wartime spy

French Jewish woman to recount her exploits as wartime spy

Marthe Cohn

Valley Chabad and Eternal Flame Present “Behind Enemy Lines,” a lecture by Holocaust survivor Marthe Cohn, on October 19 at Pascack Valley High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins at 7:15.

Ms. Cohn will talk about being a spy during World War II. Living on the French side of the country’s German border, she enlisted in the French army and was placed in the French intelligence service. Fluent in German, she was sent behind enemy lines to report on Nazi troop movements. Posing as a young blond German nurse looking for her fictional missing fiancé, she mingled with German troops, gathering information about their military strength and movements. This information was relayed to Allied commanders for battle planning. At 80, Ms. Cohen was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire, for her outstanding military service.

16-3-V-behind-enemy-lines-51RG75TR92LDovid Efune, editor-in-chief of the Algemeiner newspaper, will discuss world anti-Semitism and the BDS movement on college campuses. The program is in partnership with Pascack Valley Regional High School District and its Holocaust studies program, and is produced by the Eternal Flame of Valley Chabad and the George and Martha Rich Foundation, whose goal is to promote tolerance, acceptance, and respect for all people. The event is also sponsored by Bristal Assisted Living, North Jersey Media, Oritani Bank, and the Bergen County YJCC.

The school is at 200 Piermont Ave., in Hillsdale. Signed copies of Ms. Cohen’s book will be for sale. For tickets and information go to or call (201) 476-0157.

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