Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
A heartbreaking portrait of four women and their journey through World War II. Resistance Women was one of my favorite reads of the past year! We follow Mildred, Martha, Greta, and Sara through the Nazi rise to power, and their fight to defend liberty.
The story begins in 1929, during the rise of extremism in Germany. Hundreds of people fill the streets, breaking shop windows, firing pistols, and pledging allegiance to Hitler. But, not everyone agrees with the political turmoil.
Mildred Harnack is an American married to Arvid, a German economist. She is the center of a highly connected social circle includes academics, American ambassadors, and artists. They share in the shock of how quickly the Germany they knew and loved changed. But, as shops close and livelihoods are taken away, Mildred, Arvid, and their friends decide to support the resistance movement.
Standing up for what's right
Women are often considered less suspicious when in public. So, naturally, Mildred gains the trust and support of her friends to gather intelligence. Martha Dodd, the daughter of the US ambassador, writer Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weiss, risk everything to collect information in hopes of informing the American public of the true atrocities of the Third Reich.
I am really into this book. Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini develops characters we truly identify and sympathize with. One thing I loved most is that Resistance Women inspired by actual events - lending so much more emotional weight to the work these women did. Following the heartbreak and struggles of these women will keep you enthralled. An inspirational look at women who sacrificed their lives to fight oppression.