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Franz Rudolf Knubel: "…zur kleinsten Schar/ ...with a chosen few". In memoriam Mildred Harnack-Fish

An exhibition by the German Resistance Memorial Center

Mildred Harnack-Fish was an American literary scholar and the wife of Arvid Harnack, the leading mind of the Red Orchestra resistance group in Berlin. The Gestapo arrested the two of them in Preil on the Curonian Spit on September 7, 1942. Mildred Harnack was sentenced to six years in a penitentiary in a first trial before the Reich Court Martial, whereupon Hitler ordered a new trial. There she was sentenced to death on January 16, 1943 and beheaded in Berlin-Plötzensee on February 16, 1943.

During her time in prison she translated poems by Goethe into English – the last of them on the day of her execution. These texts were the starting point for the Essen-based artist Professor Franz Rudolf Knubel’s commemorative work. This exhibition is an intense artistic examination of Mildred Harnack’s translations and her life.

An extensive biographical documentation on Mildred Harnack includes numerous photos and personal documents, mainly shown here for the first time, providing additional information in German and English on the work and the fate of this previously relatively unknown resistance activist.

The exhibition is on display on the first floor of the German Resistance Memorial Center from July 19, 2007 to January 10, 2008. An exhibition catalog is available in the German Resistance Memorial Center.

The exhibition is part-funded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Essen and Sparkasse Essen.
Opening hours
Mon – Wed, Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat, Sun and public holiday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed December 23, 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, 2008

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