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Episode 38: Mildred Harnack: Resistance leader or obedient wife?

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Today marks the birthday of Mildred Harnack, an American academic and spy who was murdered by the Nazis in Berlin and who is the subject of Rebecca Donner’s New York Times bestseller “All The Frequent Troubles Of Our Days.”

In this episode, Common Ground host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson talks to Donner about her great-great-aunt’s life, the state of women in the Third Reich, and how sexism distorted her legacy. Plus, Donner reads a few of her favorite passages. 

We also hear from German historian Arnd Bauerkaemper and president of the American Women’s Club in Berlin Shweta Gupta. 

This show is produced by Dina Elsayed.


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