Sunday, June 25, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1228 Proving Grounds by Janet S. Tiger (c) June 25, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1228 Proving Grounds  by Janet S. Tiger (c) June 25, 2017 
         This monologue connects with Day #1226 - The Guard From Ponar.
Maybe it will be part of a play one day, we'll see.

                                                      Proving Grounds
                                              a monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                                     (c) all rights reserved (c) 2017

        (The man enters, in his 50s, an academic.  He carries a shovel and a trowel)

This is what we used in the past.  And I, myself, I rarely need to get my hands dirty.

        (He waves at one side of the stage.)

This is the machinery we use now.
Because the material in that region was primarily sand it was favorable for GPR -Ground penetrating Radar but the forest was very dense, so we decided to try ERT - Electrical Resistive Tomography....which sends electrical currents into the earth, measuring the resistivity....up to 100 feet deep.  

We would take the data, and feed it into the computer that used software to convert the information into a picture we could see - and there it was.......a thin sliver of red against the background of blue.  It was a tunnel.

The men who dug this tunnel are all dead.  But they had told the story of how they dug the tunnel to survive what they knew would be their fate.  Death at the hands of the Nazis who used these men to dig up Nazi victims - and then burn the evidence.

The tunnel was 110 feet long.  It took them digging with their hands and spoons they used to eat the slop the Nazis gave them.  Of the 80 men who tried to escape, 11 survived the war.  They told the story of the tunnel to their descendants.

But their children did not know if it was a story told by desperate survivors - there was no proof until this new technology helped us find....the proof...which is why I call this area.....the proving grounds. It took the men about 68 days to dig the tunnel - and it took 75 years to find it again.  

It is vital that we continue to prove what happened in the past.  Because there are those who deny these events existed - and because the people who died there cannot speak, we must stand up for them.

So I ask you, the richest men in the world, to donate a tiny portion of your winnings to help us develop more of this wonderful technology.    Because the past is disappearing, and without your help, it will disappear without a trace.......

         (Turns to leave, stops, holds up the shovel looks back)

Had I been born 80 years ago, I might have been using one of these shovels to did up dead bodies, too....

        (He exits, with a bowed head, in honor of those who cannot speak)

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