Superhero Capes. Paying Our Respects, Spoken Word Style

Superhero Capes. Paying Our Respects, Spoken Word Style

Photo: The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals – Canadian Soldiers involved in the Liberation of the Netherlands

An Excerpt from Show No. 45 – A Remembrance Day Tribute

Nancy Duffy
Nancy Duffy

Note: this piece is an excerpt from Show No. 45 which originally aired on November 8th, 2016.

Theodore Bachenheimer - AKA, The G.I. General Born April 23, 1923 Braunschweig, Germany DiedOctober 22, 1944 (aged 21)
Theodore Bachenheimer – AKA, The G.I. General
Born April 23, 1923
Braunschweig, Germany
Died October 22, 1944 (aged 21)

I wrote this piece from an inside, resistance perspective during times of war… I came up with the idea when reading Diary of a Young Girl – by Anne Frank. There was an entry she made acknowledging the work of the resistance movement in Holland.

So I did a little research and came across the names and accomplishments of those involved in the resistance movement. This poem is written from the perspective of an American Soldier – born in Germany, whose father was of Jewish decent. Upon the rise of Adolf Hitler, the Bachenheimer family fled to the United States. Theodore would eventually become a renowned paratrooper and make his way back to the war zone as part of the underground resistance. This poem explores the minutes before his death – and as he lay dying I imagined that everything had made sense to him – he becomes us – and sees himself in us – and in the people he was so desperately trying to save – both then and now.

Tune in to hear this original piece written from the imagined perspective of real American Paratrooper, Theodore Bachenheimer, who was killed while helping the underground resistance in Holland during WWII. Parental discretion is advised…

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