Head to the Lod Cook Alumni Center for the history lesson of a lifetime next Wednesday, Sept. 13.
At 97, Marthe Cohn has seen more than enough to dazzle an audience, but as a former French spy, her story is a little different than that of an ordinary G.I. generationer.
Putting her Aryan looks and perfect German accent to use, Cohn joined the intelligence service of the First French. Posing as a German nurse searching for her fiancé, she traveled the countryside.
German soldiers, sympathetic to her situation, inadvertently gave out classified information about troop movements, which Cohn was able to give to Allied commanders.
After being awarded the Medaille Militaire—France’s highest military honor—at age 80, Cohn penned her memoir, Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany. She now travels internationally sharing her story.