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French Jew who spied on Nazis comes to Rocklin

Marthe Cohn, who as a young French Jewish woman spied on the Nazis during World War II, will share her story at 7 p.m. Monday at the Rocklin Event Center.

Cohn, 94, grew up in France just across the German border in Metz and saw her sister sent to Auschwitz. She spoke flawless German, and joined the Intelligence Service of the French 1st Army. She posed as a German nurse searching for her missing fiancé.

After 13 unsuccessful tries at crossing the front from Alsace, Cohn crossed the border into Germany near Schaffhausen in Switzerland. From Germany, she was able to keep Allied comanders informed about Nazi troop movements throughout 1945. She was decorated with the Croix de Guerre and France’s highest honor, the Medaille Militaire.

Her memoir is titled “Behind Enemy Lines: the True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.” Cohn now lives in Palos Verdes.

Her appearance is hosted by Chabad House of Placer County at the Rocklin Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Boulevard Rocklin. Admission: $15-$36, free for students with valid student ID. Reservations required, 916-500-4522 or visit www.JewishRoseville.com

Call The Bee’s Stephen Magagnini, (916) 321-1072.

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