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Mildred Harnack

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Birthday
6, 1902
Birthplace
Milwaukee, WI
Death Date
Feb 16, 1943 (40)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
6, 1902
Birthplace
Milwaukee, WI
Death Date
Feb 16, 1943 (40)

About

American woman who joined the Resistance movement in Nazi Germany and established the Russian spy organization Red Orchestra.

Before Fame

She studied at the University of Wisconsin, where she fell in love with a German exchange student. She married her fellow student, and the two moved to Germany.

Trivia

She and her husband organized the Red Orchestra, an anti-Nazi group that transmitted Nazi intelligence and war plans to the USSR.

Family Life

She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a German immigrant family, and she grew up immersed in German language and culture.

Associated With

She was originally sentenced by the Nazi government to six years in prison. However, wanting to make an example of Harnack, Adolf Hitler ordered the courts to serve her with a death sentence.