Mildred Harnack and the book  All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

Credits (left to right): Mildred Harnack, photo courtesy of Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand; All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days book cover, courtesy of the publisher.

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Rebecca Donner—All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

The Story of German Resistance Leader Mildred Harnack | Online Talk

Sunday, January 30, 2:00 pm (PT)

About the Program

Now onlineAll the Frequent Troubles of Our Days tells the little-known story of Mildred Harnack, the American leader at the heart of the German resistance to Hitler. Hear from the book’s author, Harnack’s great-great niece Rebecca Donner, as she speaks with celebrated literary curator Louise Steinman.

Witnessing the troubling ascent of the Nazi party, Harnack began holding secret meetings in her apartment with a small band of political activists. By 1940, they had grown into the largest underground resistance group in Berlin. The group helped Jews escape, plotted acts of sabotage, and spread leaflets denouncing Hitler and calling for revolution. With “the pace of a political thriller” (Wall Street Journal), Donner's nonfiction narrative brilliantly weaves letters, diary entries, survivor testimony, and declassified intelligence documents into a powerful, page-turning epic.

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“Extraordinarily intimate… Wilder and more expansive than a standard-issue biography.”—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

Donor Support

This program is made possible in part by support from:
Rebekah and Howard Farber