Rebecca Donner with Martin Schwartz
From a novel (Sunset Terrace) to a graphic novel (Burnout) to an intense historical and biographical account grounded in the underground resistance movements in Germany in World War II, has been the course of Rebecca Donner, who has also been a widely published journalist, and is here on behalf of our friends at the Goethe Pop Up Seattle for her book, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler (Little, Brown). This story of the life and death of her great-great aunt, Mildred Harnack, who’d been a US college student in Germany during the rise of the Nazis, and ended up helping lead a major resistance group.
“Highly evocative, deeply moving, a stunning literary achievement. Rebecca Donner forges a new kind of biography—almost novelistic in style and tone, this scholarly work resurrects the courageous life Mildred Harnack, an unsung American hero who led part of the German resistance to the Nazi regime. A relentless sleuth in the archives, Donner has written a page-turner story of espionage, love, and betrayal.”—Kai Bird.
“Extraordinarily intimate… Wilder and more expansive than a standard-issue biography… a real-life thriller with a cruel ending—not to mention an account of Hitler’s ascent from attention-seeking buffoon to genocidal Führer.”—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times.
Rebecca Donner will appear in conversation with Martin Schwartz, Program Curator at Goethe Pop Up Seattle.
Presented by Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Elliott Bay Book Company, and the University of Washington Center for Western European Studies and Department of German Studies.