By Shareen Blair Brysac
This gripping and heartbreaking narrative is the 1st complete account of an American girl who gave her existence within the fight opposed to the Nazi regime. As individuals of a key resistance crew, Mildred and her husband, Arvid Harnack, assisted within the break out of German Jews and political dissidents, and for years supplied very important monetary and army intelligence to either Washington and Moscow. yet in 1942, following a Soviet blunder, the Gestapo arrested, tortured and attempted a few 4 rating participants of the Harnack's crew, which the Nazis dubbed the crimson Orchestra.
Mildred Fish-Harnack was once guillotined in Berlin on February sixteen, 1943, at the own guideline of Adolf Hitler--the merely American girl achieved as an underground conspirator. but as global warfare II ended and the chilly conflict all started, her braveness, idealism and self-sacrifice went principally unacknowledged in the United States and the democratic West, and have been distorted and clean upd within the Communist East. merely now, with the hole of long-sealed records, can the total tale be told.
Resisting Hitler is predicated on vast interviews with Fish-Harnack kinfolk, neighbors and co-workers; it attracts on own correspondence and previously categorized German and Soviet KGB documents and lately published CIA and FBI dossiers. It describes the lifetime of a Wisconsin lady whose intelligence and wonder captivated a vacationing pupil, Arvid Harnack, a member of a special German educational relations. It explores for the 1st time the complicated familial connections of the Harnacks, Delbrücks and Bonhoeffers, twelve of whom have been completed for resistance acts. And it info Mildred's friendship with Martha Dodd, daughter of FDR's ambassador to the 3rd Reich, whose affair with a Soviet diplomat resulted in his death.
Moments earlier than her dying, Mildred stated, "I have enjoyed Germany so much." during this beautifully advised lifetime of an unjustly forgotten lady, Shareen Blair Brysac depicts the human facet of a arguable resistance staff that for too lengthy has been portrayed as only a Soviet espionage community. the extreme tale of Mildred Fish-Harnack's ten dramatic years of resisting the Nazi regime additionally reminds state-of-the-art readers of the difficult ethical offerings that beset rivals of a ruthless totalitarian dictatorship.