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American executed for resisting Nazis honored

Friday - 9/20/2013, 1:43pm  ET

German artist Gunter Demnig sets a so called 'Stolperstein', or stumbling stone, to remember Nazi victim Mildred Fish-Harnack and her husband Arvid Harnack in Berlin, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The American teacher who resisted Adolf Hitler and was executed by the Nazis has been honored in a ceremony attended by U.S. diplomats and German officials. At an event Friday in Berlin an artist placed small commemorative paving stones in front of the last home of Mildred Fish-Harnack, who grew up in Milwaukee, and her German husband Arvid Harnack. The couple was part of a German group known as the “Red Orchestra” that tried to encourage resistance against the Nazis and fed information to the Soviets. Plaque reads : Here lived Mildred Harnack, born as Fish, 1902, arrested Sept. 7, 1942, High Treason, Berlin Ploetzensee ( name of the prison), Murdered Feb. 16, 1943. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BERLIN (AP) -- An American teacher who resisted Adolf Hitler and was executed by the Nazis has been honored in a ceremony attended by U.S. diplomats and German officials.

At an event Friday in Berlin, an artist placed small commemorative paving stones in front of the last home of Mildred Fish-Harnack, who grew up in Milwaukee, and her German husband Arvid Harnack.

The couple was part of a German group known as the "Red Orchestra" that tried to encourage resistance against the Nazis and fed information to the Soviets.

They were arrested Sept. 7, 1942, and sentenced to death. Fish-Harnack was executed by guillotine on Feb. 16, 1943.

Some 40,000 so-called stumbling stones with brass plaques commemorating people persecuted by the Nazis have been placed in more than a dozen countries.


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