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July 20, 2019

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Holocaust survivor, former French spy to speak in Las Vegas

A Holocaust survivor and former French spy during World War II will share her stories of survival and espionage on May 23 in Las Vegas.

Marthe Cohn, 98, who acted as a German nurse searching for her fiance on the front lines, will share stories of her near-death experiences and how her interactions with German forces helped her obtain valuable insight on Nazi strategies and positioning.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road in Las Vegas.

“With a fading generation of Holocaust survivors, there is a moral obligation to hear their first-hand accounts now more than ever,” said Rabbi Yosef Rivkin, co-director of Chabad of Red Rock, which is sponsoring the event. “Mrs. Cohn embodies the positive messages of turning tears into action and overcoming darkness. She brings a positive message of hope, strength and triumph.”

Cohn, whose sister was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, was recruited by the Intelligence Service of the French 1st Army because of of her blonde hair, blue eyes and thorough command of the German language. At age 80, Mrs. Cohn was awarded for her service with the Croix de Guerre, France’s highest military honor.

Tickets for the speech may be purchased at or by phone at 702-217-2170. Cohn will also be selling copies of her memoir, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.”