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MPTV Community Cinema Explores Forgotten Hero's Saga

September 21, 2011

The story of a forgotten hero--a Wisconsin woman who died in Germany for resisting the Nazis--will be previewed in a MPTV Community Cinema Special Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

The event, to be held at the at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., is free and open to the public. Reservations are required due to space limitations. Call 414-390-5730 to reserve a seat.

The complete documentary, "Wisconsin's Nazi Resistance: The Mildred Harnack Story," premieres Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. and repeats Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD.

Mildred Fish-Harnack was arrested in 1942 for opposing Hitler's regime. She was executed a few months later. The Milwaukee native and University of Wisconsin graduate was implicated in passing sensitive information to other governments.

"Mildred Fish-Harnack believed in workers' rights, women's rights, and a free Germany," said Wisconsin Public Television producer Joel Waldinger. An open discussion with Waldinger will follow the preview. Other panelists will be Ellie Gettinger, Jewish Museum Milwaukee educator, and Bonnie Shafrin, director of the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Resource Center.

Waldinger's WPT documentary also explores why her courageous behavior is not well-known in Wisconsin. A state law proclaims Sept. 16 as Mildred Fish-Harnack Day, he said, yet Wisconsin public schools do not observe it.

MPTV Community Cinema previews local and national films monthly, September through May. With the exception of a "special preview," all previews are held at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. For more details, call 414-297-7520.