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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Apr 28, 2022

In a time when democracy ruled, women had all the freedoms, people went to college and news sources were plentiful and trustworthy Wisconsin native Mildred Fish Harnack and her husband, Arvid, chose to begin their newlywed lives in the fun city of Berlin. Have you heard of it? Beth may have mentioned she has been there. That was Berlin in the 1920’s. Things were about to change. Laws were passed to keep certain people down, the rich and poor gap was widening, Mildred got let go from her professorship, and two men, Hitler and Goebbels, were really making a name for themselves talking about the ills of democracy. And Mildred from Wisconsin saw the whole city and country unravel. But instead of hightailing it back to the midwest, Mildred and her sweetheart stayed in Berlin and headed the resistance efforts. Listen as Beth and Kelly discuss the similarities of Hitler’s efforts and those of the current opposition parties trying to undermine America today. Fun times on Strange Country.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

Cite your sources:

Commonwealth Club of California. Mildred Harnack/American Grad Student/Berlin Resistance Leader. Sept. 17, 2021.

Donner, Rebecca. All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days. Little Brown and Company, New York. 2021.

Wisconsin Women Making History. Mildred Fish-Harnack.