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Jewish Spy in Nazi Territory to Speak in Tarrytown

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| by Alexander Roberts | 

Just 22 years old, the pretty blond woman pretended to be a nurse searching for her Nazi soldier boyfriend behind enemy lines in Nazi–occupied France during World War II.  But in actuality, Marthe Cohn was a French Jew with forged papers who spoke fluent German, recruited by the Allies to funnel information about German troop movements. Two of her dispatches made history—once when she discovered that the Germans had abandoned the Siegfried Line, and a second time when she notified the Allies of a German trap that could have cost the lives of many soldiers.   

For her amazing exploits, detailed in her book, Behind Enemy Lines, Mrs. Cohn received the Medaille Militaire, France’s highest military honor. Mrs. Cohn, who settled in California after the war, will speak at The DoubleTree in Tarrytown on Tuesday, October 20.  Sponsored by Chabad of the Rivertowns, the speech is open to the public. For more information and tickets, please go to

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