Edith M. Cord was born and raised in Vienna Austria. She did not experience the normal, carefree childhood that most of us do. Edith's family fled from the Nazis to Italy and then to France. Her father and brother were murdered in Auschwitz while she and her mother struggled to survive in hiding. After the war, Edith needed to overcome a dysfunctional family life and come to terms with the Holocaust. Her goal was to lead a normal life, but first she had to catch up on her education.
Currently Edith lives in the United States, in Columbia, MD. She was a Language Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1962-1979, and a successful Financial Advisor/Investment Broker from 1979-2007. Edith is the mother of three and a grandmother of seven. She retired from her regular job to devote herself to writing and speaking in order to share the life lessons she learned the hard way: how to rise above difficult circumstances, transcend hatred, protect our freedom, and stand up for our values.
Edith has written many short stories and poems. Her first book, Becoming Edith: The Education of a Hidden Child, was published in 2008. She is currently working on translating her memoirs into French. Edith has been invited to speak at various libraries, schools, government agencies, churches, and synagogues along the East Coast.