Life of UW-Madison Alumna and Leader in the German Resistance, Mildred Fish-Harnack Memorialized in New Book

By: Heather VanderWielen

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Author Rebecca Donner has written a compelling new book about her great-great aunt, Mildred Fish-Harnack – the only known American leader in the German resistance to Hitler. Mildred Fish-Harnack, a Wisconsin native who received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was in her twenties when she moved to Germany to pursue her PhD. The rise of the Nazi party drove Mildred to start a small resistance group in 1932. Merely two years later, this group would become Berlin’s largest resistance group assisting in writing and dispersing leaflets condemning Hitler and the Nazi party, orchestrating acts of sabotage, and covertly evacuating Jews from Germany.

Despite her integral role, Mildred’s contributions to the German resistance were frequently underrated and, at times, even intentionally concealed from public knowledge. Only in the past few decades has Donner, been able to piece together her history. Learn more about this amazing UW-Madison Alumna by joining European Studies virtually on October 20, 2021 at 4pm to hear author Rebecca Donner discuss her new book on Mildred Fish-Harnack’s life, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days.

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