Sunday, September 23, 2007

Marcel Marceau

[posted by Callimachus]

I can't say I was a fan. But then I read this in the AP obituary, which gave me reason to respect:

A French Jew, Marceau escaped deportation to a Nazi death camp during World War II, unlike his father who died in Auschwitz. Marceau worked with the French Resistance to protect Jewish children, and later used the memories of his own life to feed his art.

Also, further down in the obit, this potentially mind-blowing path-crossing of the 20th century:

Because he spoke English, he was recruited to be a liaison officer with Gen. George S. Patton’s army.

Yes, Patton. If anything in that era could leave you speecheless, it might be an encounter with Patton.