This riveting account of
German resistance is based on years of research by the distinguished journalist
Anne Nelson. This is a beautiful and moving portrait of ordinary but heroic
figures—an untold story of a circle of Germans and German-Americans in Berlin
who took a principled stand against Hitler and the Holocaust. They expressed
their opposition by infiltrating the Nazi ministries, distributing samizdat
literature to break through the information blockade, and trying to help the
Allied forces achieve a military victory.
The narrative is constructed
around the life of Greta Kuckhoff, an “ordinary woman” educated at the
University of Wisconsin, who returned to Germany only to see it sink into a
fascist nightmare. The book relates the history of her resistance circle against
an explanation of how Germany’s civil society was systematically eroded.
Greta and her friends grapple
with questions of ongoing concern today. How can a citizen balance the tensions
between patriotism and ethics? How can civic duty be defined in a period when
peaceful protest fails? How do government restrictions and the concentration of
media ownership compromise democratic expression? Download and start listening now!