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Holocaust Survivor and WWII Spy Speaks out in Ashland

98-year-old Holocaust survivor talks with NewsWatch 12 about her viewpoint on Germany today.

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 10:25 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2019 11:35 PM

ASHLAND, Ore.,- Marthe Cohn is a Holocaust survivor and a Jewish spy during WWII. Tonight, she is in Ashland and talked with NewsWatch 12 about her experiences and viewpoint on Germany.

Marthe lived with her family in France near the German border when Hitler rose to power. Soon after, her homeland was under Nazi control and her sister was arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Marthe joined the French army as a spy. She used her perfect German accent to pose as a young German nurse while secretly retrieving information about Nazi troop movements.

Today, she speaks out about her experiences and wrote a book called "Behind Enemy Lines."

"Humans all over the world have very short memories. It's important to remind them," Marthe tells NewsWatch 12.

She lives in the U.S. now and returned to Germany in 2011 to speak about her experiences. It was there that she was asked why she has waited so long to come back.

"I told them as long as people in my generation live, I did not want to come. But now they are almost all dead," says Marthe.

Now, she is willing to share her stories with Germany.

"The new generation is not responsible for what they're grandparents did," says Marthe.

She has won 6 awards, including France's highest military honor.

Tuesday night, she'll be speaking to the public at Southern Oregon University. She'll be in the Music Recital Hall at 7 p.m., February 26th. The event is open to the public.

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