Post-event Media: UW Alumna, Nazi Opponent Honored at UW

The Division of International Studies presented the tenth annual Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture on October 15, 2010.

Continuing the university’s tradition of attentive scholarly promotion of human rights, Shareen Blair Brysac, returned to campus to read from her book, Resisting Hitler: Mildred Fish-Harnack and the Red Orchestra. Blair Brysac is an author, screenwriter, director, film producer, and the first to write a full account of Mildred Fish-Harnack’s struggle against the Nazi regime.

Accompanying Blair Brysac’s presentation, a number of Wisconsin International Scholars (WISc) Program students read letters exchanged between Mildred and her husband Arvid after their graduation from UW–Madison. The aptitude and perseverance shown by Mildred and Arvid demonstrates that, despite age and inexperience, they could significantly impact human rights and democracy on a global level.

Photos by Pauline Zhu, Division of International Studies

External Post-media Coverage

[The Badger Herald] – October 17, 2010

“UW alumna, Nazi fighter honored; Woman’s life story preserved in letters to family, lover”


[Channel 3000] – October 15, 2010

“Exhibit Honors Former UW Alumna, Nazi Opponent; Mildred Fish-Harnack Honored At UW”


[The Daily Cardinal]- October 14, 2010

“Hillel exhibit opens honoring UW alumna executed by Hitler”