Creative Writing--Use History to Invent Fictional Characters: A Short Story Model
English / Literature / Creative Writing / History / Geography / War / Ethics
By Cynthia Buchanan • Short-Short Story • Includes Unique Historical Photos
"Nazi Comfort, Gold of Peru"
(A Story of Quiet Revenge)
650 words + Study Guide and Prompts (435 words)
Humor and Satire
When Despots Collide! Adolf Hitler of Germany Throws a Fit!
Francisco Franco of Spain Wants Gibraltar on the Tip of Spain!
When Adolf Hitler bailed General Franco out in the Spanish Civil War...sent all those Junker bombers to wipe out the legal government of the Spanish Republic in 1 9 3 9...did the German madman have a right to cash in on Franco's victory over a democracy? Six months later...we see Hitler has invaded Poland and thus kicked off World War Two for his drive for world domination.
One of Hitler's former staff was a beetle-browed Nazi named Brunzig. After Hitler's suicide in a Berlin bunker in 1945, Brunzig managed to get himself appointed to an embassy position in Peru! Eventually, he retired on the Mediterranean coast of Spain...in view of the Rock of Gibraltar. Would you party with an old Nazi or not?
How has Brunzig been privy to a great "moment" in history aboard that train in the French Pyrenees when witnessing the humiliation of Adolf Hitler by Spain's leader Francisco Franco? Do you suppose that "minor" characters on the staffs around the world have seen behaviors only staff would know? Is that a reason for such figures as a president, a general, a corporation head...a principal of a school or even a movie star would need to remember eyes are everywhere?
Why would Brunzig have chosen to retire on the tourist coast of Spain on the Mediterranean rather than in his own country of Germany? If this story "Nazi Comfort, Gold of Peru" takes place many years after the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 and the end of World War Two in 1945, would Spain have been a much different country than one that was ruined by bombs, artillery and assault troops in its war of 1936-1939?
What was the Spanish Republic? Why did General Franco attack his own country? What is a military "coup d'état?" Who were the Fascists and the Nazis? How has the author used humor to satirize Brunzig? In citing the movie star Omar Sharif, what has she established about Brunzig? Omar Sharif plays a Bedouin in the film "Lawrence of Arabia." Do any of these references in this fiction expand the idea of what nationalities might be vacationing or living on tourist coasts? Where is the Rock of Gibraltar? How far from the African continent?
Although the reader does not know who the characters of Benji, Henri or Fiona and Kiki are, in creative writing does this show you how you can tell a story even without such details? What is the theme of this story? That theft and smuggling pay? If so, how? If not, why not and how not? What might happen to Brunzig eventually?