The 100 Must-Read Books of 2021
November 29, 2021 8:16 AM EST

Mildred Harnack may have been the only American woman to be executed on Adolf Hitler’s orders during World War II. Harnack’s great-great niece, Rebecca Donner, tells the remarkable story of her ancestor’s bravery in this gripping, inventive biography. It’s the story of a young woman from Wisconsin who moved to Berlin, fell in love with a German, became a teacher and by 1940, with her husband, was running the most significant anti-Nazi resistance cell in the city. Donner’s book is a breathtaking account of how individuals can find the strength to defy the darkness enveloping them.

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