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FISH / HARNACK

Posted: 19 May 2013 3:53PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: FISH / HARNACK
Interesting item (possibly genealogical?) relating to the University of Wisconsin, about William E. Dodd's service as U.S. Ambassador to Germany in the early-to-mid-1930's.


Erik Larson.
In the Garden of Beasts – Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.
New York: Broadway Paperbacks, 2011.

Under Sources and Acknowledgments,
page 373

“...in the library of the University of Wisconsin, I found...a supply of materials on the only UW alumna to be guillotined at Hitler's command, Mildred Fish Harnack.”

The book has many scattered references to her (a UW instructor), and to her husband Arvid Harnack, whom she had met at the University in 1926.

Good “novelistic history”, as the New York Times put it.

Re: FISH / HARNACK

Posted: 19 May 2013 4:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, Mildred Fish Harnack was a fairly well-known member of the "Red Orchestra," a resistance group. A book about her was written over a decade ago:
Shareen Blair Brysac. Resisting Hitler: Mildred Harnack and the Red Orchestra. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Wisconsin Public Television did a documentary on her, which can be viewed online:
http://wpt2.org/naziresistance/
http://video.wpt2.org/video/2243188017/

The UW Archives has an online exhibition on her:
http://archives.library.wisc.edu/uw-archives/mfh/sectionpage...

A relative has posted some material here:
http://users.wfu.edu/ecarlson/mildred/

Wikipedia has a short treatment of her life and work:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mildred_Harnack

Re: FISH / HARNACK

Posted: 19 May 2013 4:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the quick response! Neither my wife (a Badger) nor I knew anything about the lady, but I found her involvement in Germany fascinating.

The more I learn, the more I need to learn!

Re: FISH / HARNACK families in Milwaukee's German newspapers

Posted: 20 May 2013 3:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 May 2013 3:16PM GMT
Surnames: Harnak Harnack Fish Fisch Gellert Hahn Gross Maier Pempony Pentony Qualmann
"Interesting item (possibly genealogical?) relating to the University of Wisconsin ... The book has many scattered references to her (a UW instructor), and to her husband Arvid Harnack, whom she had met at the University in 1926."

I don't know whether Mildred Fish & Arvid Harnack's family histories are connected directly to Wisconsin, but there's a good collection of Harnak & Harnack entries or references found in the ongoing project: "Milwaukee's German Newspapers; an index of death notices and related items" (1844-1950). These include connections with the names Gellert Hahn Gross Maier Pempony (1917) Pentony (1918) Qualmann. There are just a few entries or references to the family names Fish and Fisch.

Gary Rebholz, compiler/editor
Milwaukee Wis.
gary.rebholz@gmail.com
Indexing Milwaukee's German newspapers continuously since 2007... helping family researchers find their ancestors among Milwaukee's 99%.

Re: FISH / HARNACK families in Milwaukee's German newspapers

Posted: 20 May 2013 3:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the added info. Certainly a lot of material seems to be available for family and general researchers. Interesting folks!
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