On Tuesday, August 24 at 7 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Rebecca Donner, author of All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler. Called a “stunning biography” by Publishers Weekly, Donner’s book tells the true story of the extraordinary life and brutal death of Mildred Harnack, the American leader of one of the largest underground resistance groups in Germany.
Harnack has been identified by historians as the only American in the leadership of the German resistance, yet her remarkable story has remained almost unknown. Donner, Harnack’s great-great-niece, draws on her extensive research to produce this astonishing work of narrative nonfiction. Fusing elements of biography, real-life political thriller, and scholarly detective story, Donner brilliantly interweaves letters, diary entries, notes smuggled out of a Berlin prison, survivors’ testimony, and a trove of declassified intelligence documents into a powerful, epic story, reconstructing the moral courage of an enigmatic woman nearly erased by history.
Donner's essays, reportage and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the?New York Times, Bookforum, Guernica,?and?The Believer.?She was a 2018-2019 fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography and taught writing at Wesleyan University, Columbia University and Barnard College. Her other books include the novel,?Sunset Terrace,?and?Burnout, a graphic novel about ecoterrorism.
Copies of All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins.
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