Ellis Nadler

Ellis Nadler

Posted on 07/29/2014


Photo taken on July 29, 2014


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Republika Ploska- 13 zlotnik, 1958

Republika Ploska- 13 zlotnik, 1958
Watercolour 145 x 95mm

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Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell
Theodore Von Plachmann. The only child of Malgorzata Sudek and Pawel Von Plachmann, born 15th March 1920, died July 28, 2014. Von Plachmann was educated at the Teacher Training College in Lubska. He made his literary debut in the monthly “Refflektor” and published his famous “Ballada z tamtej strony” in 1938. At the time he was compared to Rimbaud, in Ploska literary circles. On the eve of the Second World War the family escaped to the U.S.A. Von Plachmann continued to write but felt exiled from the country and the language that he loved and did not publish his poetry. He enlisted and worked as a navigator in the U.S, Air Force. He flew the Enola Gay over Hiroshima, Japan on the 6th of August 1945. He gave instructions that his poetry relating to these events should only be published after his death. Post-war, due to his celebrity, he began a lucrative career in Hollywood playing comedy character parts. He will, perhaps, be best remembered as Emmet “Doc” Brown in Back To The Future. He never married. He struggled with alcohol at times, but all who knew him remember him with affection. He continued to write poetry which he published under various pseudonyms. One of his last poems contains memories of Ploska and his home town Lubska:

Good night old town, good night.
White roads lead North from here,
narrow into paths,
paths into the streamlets of paths.
The Wanderer is a dark point
in a distant stream.
He has disappeared behind a hill.
Good night, town,
good night Ploska...
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
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we should collaborate
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