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Holocaust survivor and WWII spy visits Ashland

Holocaust survivor and World War II spy, Marthe Cohn, 98, will tell her story at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 450 South Mountain Ave.

“Following her family’s daring escape from Nazi-occupied France and her sister’s death in Auschwitz, Cohn went on to be recruited by the Intelligence Service of the French First Army due to her blonde hair, blue eyes and thorough command of the German language,” according to an event announcement. “Posing as a German nurse desperately searching for her fictional fiancé positioned on the front lines, she successfully retrieved troves of crucial information regarding the positioning of German troops.”

Cohn was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire, at age 80.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the event known as “Kristallnacht,” or “The night of broken glass,” which many consider the beginning of the Holocaust when Nazi soldiers torched German synagogues and vandalized Jewish communities.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door or $100 for preferred seating.

For $360 “sponsors” can have dinner with Cohn Monday, Feb. 25, receive two front-row seat tickets for the event and a signed copy of her book “Behind Enemy Lines.” There are only 15 of the sponsor tickets.

Event organizers suggest purchasing tickets in advance due to limited seating.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2sL8DDz or call the event co-sponsor, the Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon, at 541-482-2778.

Holocaust survivor and decorated French spy Marthe Cohn speaks of her experiences fighting the Nazis during World War II at a Holocaust Awareness Week event at Colorado State University, Feb.{ } 21, 2018. Courtesy photo