Dorothy Thompson's Vermont Journal
07/07/07 10:52AM By Cyndy Bittinger
Birthdays at Twin Farms
Dorothy Thompson's summers at Twin Farms in Barnard coincided with her birthday on July 9th, which was always an excuse for a rousing party, with an international guest list.
Public voice, private place
In Berlin, Dorothy Thompson witnessed the rise of the Nazi state and worked tirelessly to warn the world of the danger it represented. In Vermont, she sought refuge from the gathering storm.
Thompson's land corps
Journalist Dorothy Thompson was often ahead of her time. Her efforts in the early 1940's to promote country life and protect the family farm foreshadowed the Back-To-The-Land movement by a good twenty years.
In Vermont, Dorothy Thompson found a way of life that provided a peaceful and safe haven, both for herself and for refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. It was a way of life she actively tried to protect.
Dorothy Thompson died in 1961 and is buried in the village cemetery in Barnard. A simple gravestone states that "she was a writer", but her influence in journalism and politics - from the local to the international - can still be felt today.
Vermont Women: Two Humanitarians
In this story from VPR's Vermont Women series, historian Cyndy Bittinger has the story of how Grace Coolidge and Dorothy Thompson attempted to rescue Jewish children from Germany in 1939.