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Alexandra Lehmann is the author of With You There Is Light, a work of narrative nonfiction that explores the relationship between Sophie Scholl, an anti-Nazi political activist, and Fritz Hartnagel, a German army officer. The book is based on letters Hartnagel sent to girlfriend Scholl from the Eastern and Western fronts during World War II and in which he documents German Army and SS atrocities.

Lehmann was born in New York and raised in Europe. She earned a BA in political science and German at SUNY Albany. After working for nearly ten years as a copywriter in New York and a translator in Munich, she returned to school, earning an MFA in creative nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Her MFA thesis explored the letters and diaries of Scholl and Anne Frank. After graduating, she received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Munich, where she conducted the archival work for With You There Is Light. Lehmann won a fellowship to the Wesleyan Writers' Conference and has guest lectured about German resistance history at colleges and universities.

Lehmann lives in Ridgefield and works as a business writer. Her company, L&L Media, produces the "Learn Through Film" series at the Ridgefield Library.


With You There Is Light: Based on the True Story about Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel, L&L Media, July 14, 2016

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