Mildred Fish Harnack Day (Sept 16) Resources

Mildred Fish Harnack was the only American woman executed by Adolph Hitler during World War II.  September 16 is set aside as her day of remembrance in Wisconsin schools.

Some resources and information about Mildred Fish Harnack:

Diigo list (social bookmarking) on Mildred Fish Harnack

Wisconsin Media Lab's Wisconsin Biographies series continues with a great animated short about Mildred Fish Harnack.  Also included for teachers are leveled readers and student activities. 

Wisconsin Public Television has sent a DVD to every high school in the state about Mildred Fish Harnack.  Find resources and primary sources at the companion website!

Not sure of who she is and why she has her own observance day in Wisconsin?  Try this site for an overview of this brave woman.  The Wisconsin Historical Society has Badger Bio information on Mildred Fish Harnack written at the 6th grade level on the BadgerBio Blog:
Photo used with permission from Eric Carlson @
Photo used with permission from Eric Carlson @

Honoring Mildred Fish Harnack through the UW-Madison Archives and Record Management Services has a timeline of her life with accompanying primary sources.

A fascinating site about Mrs. Harnack from her great-nephew, including unpublished primary sources, photos, and newspaper "clippings". 

Photo used with permission from Eric Carlson @

The Division of International Studies at UW-Madison hosted Shareen Blair Brysac, author of Resisting Hitler:  Mildred Harnack and the Red Orchestra in October of 2010.  She presented "Mildred and Arvid Harnack - Their Lives in Letters", with students reading the letters for an audience.  You can see a recording of the discussion on the UW-Madison website.

The Mildred Fish Harnack Collection at the UW-Madison Digital Archives. 

Please note:  All links to outside resources are free to public use.  Any links those sites may have to resources for purchase are not reviewed or endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.