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  • Location: Paris, Dachau, Salzburg, London. Krakow

The Diplomat’s Wife

The Diplomat’s Wife

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Destination: Paris, Dachau, Salzburg, London. Krakow    Departure Time: 1940s

A novel set in various destinations in Europe amidst war and terror. Prequel to the Kommandant’s Girl

  • ISBN: 978-0778302001
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

Marta Nederman is lucky to be alive. Not only has she survived the horrors of a Nazi prison camp, but she is now free to live again and has met an American soldier who gives her hope for the future. They plan to meet in London but tragedy strikes and so she is left alone with her unborn child to face an uncertain future.

Her luck changes when a caring British Diplomat enters her life and they marry. As she sees the joy that home and family can bring, she wonders how long her happiness can last before something changes. That moment comes when there is talk of a communist spy in British intelligence, and that the one person who can expose the traitor is connected to her past…

Travel Guide


Marta spends time in this horrific place where the camp of the general population was unspeakably bad but where Marta discovers she was kept in a special prison cell. She says she endured beatings, starvation and isolation, and if you survived that, the fear was that the diseases, dysentery and typhus would get you. She meets Dava in the refugee hospital and finds out what her parents died in Buchenwald. As a Jew from Russia and then Vienna, she has an interesting story to tell. Rose is another refugee who is struggling to heal with her injuries and planning on the next stage of her life after being liberated by the Americans.

Fleeing to Paris

A visa takes her to a new life  and a new start. Via Pars, she will reachLondon and a new life with her AMerican soldier but Europe and London are strange places to a Jewish person who has suffered in the camps for months.


On the way to London, she meets a British diplomat and her fluency in  Polish allows her the chance to start over in a new, challenging job but this diplomatic work takes her back to the time where her pain is still so acute and where the resistance of the past could threaten the future. Inside the British intelligence service is a fascinating yet dangerous place to be.

Prague and Berlin as background

The political unrest in Prague and devastation of the Soviet sector of Berlin were a keen insight into the struggles and decisions Marta and others would have had to make at this time. These journeys were ones of special missions and secrets in a world where many people had no one and where

The significance of what went on in the Schloss Leopoldskron is the most intriguing series of events of all.

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