Guardians of the Baton
Air Date: 02/07/2019
Lost for decades, a 183-year-old conductor's baton hand-carved by the famed composer Richard Wagner was discovered in a safe deposit box in Nebraska. The baton's extraordinary story involves a World War II American G.I., letters from Aldous Huxley, and two intriguing Nebraska women. This relatively unremarkable piece of wood and its circuitous journey home to Germany unveil fascinating connections between renowned figures and ordinary people.