A World War II Spy Didn’t Live to Tell Her Tale. Her Great-Great-Niece Will.

In her book, “All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days,” Rebecca Donner examines the life of Mildred Harnack, part of the anti-Nazi resistance in Germany.

By Kate Dwyer

Every year when Rebecca Donner visited her great-grandmother’s home in Chevy Chase, Md., she and her brother would stand against the kitchen wall to have their heights marked in pencil. When she turned 9, she noticed a letter M near one of the faintest lines.

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