Letters sold for pounds 90,000

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An archive of letters and papers which tell the remarkable story of a Jewish woman, whose struggle to survive the Second World War resulted in her marrying a Nazi, fetched pounds 90,000 at auction yesterday.

The collection charts the suffering of Edith Hahn, a law student in Vienna at the time of the Anschluss, who spent time in two Nazi labour camps. Many of the 250 or so letters sold by Sotheby's in central London are written to two men: Hahn's first and greatest love, "Pepi", a fellow law student Dr Joseph Rosenfeld, and Werner Vetter, a member of the Nazi Party who fell so deeply in love with her that, despite knowing she was a Jew, persuaded her to marry him.

The collection was bought jointly by two private bidders, businessman Dalck Feith and his colleague Drew Lewis, who want to lend the papers to The Holocaust Museum in Washington.

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