By Katherine Livingston, USAG Bavaria Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
GARMISCH, Germany — Oliver Poetzsch, author of the bestselling The Hangman’s Daughter series, recently regaled the Garmisch community.
The event, hosted by the FMWR library, weaved book readings, musical interludes and a plethora of Bavarian history into an evening of entertainment.
Herr Poetzsch began with a brief history of 17th century Bavarian hangmen and followed with an explanation of his own familial ties to the hangmen dynasty.
“Nobody else wanted to do the job of my grandfathers,” said Poetzsch. “People were afraid of being cursed by the hangman.”
Poetzsch went on to clarify that hangmen were not just the arbiters of death and justice, but they also filled the role of community healers. As time went on executioners naturally fell into the medical field.
“Isn’t that the American Dream?” exclaimed Poetzsch, “from an executioner to a physician!”
The 100-plus guests in attendance found Herr Poetzsch to be full of Bavarian insight and humor. The crowd was more often-than-not in stitches, and Poetzsch’s praises were plentiful.
“It was a very enjoyable talk with a lot of information I’d never guess,” said Sgt. Sidnie Smith.
Overall, it was an unforgettable evening. Historic props were displayed and discussed. Compelling selections of The Hangman’s Daughter were read. Lesser known Bavarian insights were shared. Music was enjoyed. Books were signed. Laughter was abundant, and Poetzsch proved himself to be a Grade-A entertainer.
Hopefully, this will not be the last time the Garmisch community will be wowed by Oliver Poetzsch.