In a dive through the kingdom of heaven to Eiland

I finally made it! It was 1944 and my career aspiration came true. I became a forestry apprentice at the Fürstlich-Thun-Hohensteinsche forest and district administration in Tyssa. My supervisor, Chief Forester Renger, was a forestry man, as one could wish him.
He knew “his forest and his animals” inside out.

So now all the hurdles that led me to this goal were skipped. The required middle school leaving exam I passed well at the Hauptschule für Jungen in Bodenbach on the Krohhübel. The missing 2 cm to the minimum of 1.60 m for a forestry apprentice was also achieved by diligent stretching and stretching exercises on various sports equipment. My sports teacher, Mr. Lösel, would have preferred it because of my achievements, if I had become a sports teacher, but since my own career aspirations for foresters was also nurtured by the role model effect of my great-grandfather, who were already foresters, I decided me for the “green guild”. That my grandfather was very pleased about that I realized that he gave me a hunting rifle with telescopic sight for my 16th birthday,

Since I was already my father, the passionate “Sunday hunter” in the area on the Oberwald near the tile pond in Tyssa was allowed to accompany me on his stalking and other romantic events in the forest, was my job as a forestry apprentice a great dream in fulfillment. It made me happy from the first day and when I after completion of the required administrative work, for example, set off the amount of wood (unfortunately there was still no computing machine), my ruts through the beautiful forest performed, I felt like on vacation.

However, I will never forget the experience one day. I received an order from my forester to deliver a message to our breeder, Mr. Lang, who lived in Eiland. Since I could easily reach this distance to our neighboring place with the bicycle, I allowed myself besides to make a small detour to my friend, who lived nearby in the forest villa (Tyssa Nr. 172). Unfortunately, we had “blabbed” a little longer so that I had to hurry to fulfill my order in time. In order to shorten the route I decided not to take the road to Schneeberg with a branch to Eiland, but the hiking trail from the tourist building over the “kingdom of heaven” down to Eiland. That was a serious mistake! The name “Himmelreich” has been given to this trail because it winds its way from Eiland with numerous curves steeply upwards, as if it would go into the “Kingdom of Heaven”. For walks, this is an ideal route where you can rest on benches and enjoy a magnificent view from above of the island surrounded by rocks and forests. Of course I should have known that too! But as time was pressing, I dared it anyway and drove the track resignation slowly holding. I was able to master some bends, then it got faster and faster despite braking and I sailed into the bushes. My first thought was my hunting rifle, which I carried over the back. I was lucky in the accident, although my leg ached, but the rifle, the binoculars and my camera remained intact. Now I had to hobble to push the bike to still fulfill my mission. Arriving at the “Lang-Heger”, I could not say that I came across the “Kingdom of Heaven”, but had to report as a small white lie, that on the normal road from Schneeberg to Eiland, which also leads down a bit, the bicycle chain jumped and I flew into the ditch. For several days my leg was swollen and shimmering in all colors. My forester visited me at the bedside with flowers and praised my commitment despite “bicycle breakdown”. It’s good that none of my “dive through the kingdom of heaven” heard anything. But now that everyone is already in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, I can tell it. to still be able to fulfill my mission. Arriving at the “Lang-Heger”, I could not say that I came across the “Kingdom of Heaven”, but had to report as a small white lie, that on the normal road from Schneeberg to Eiland, which also leads down a bit, the bicycle chain jumped and I flew into the ditch. For several days my leg was swollen and shimmering in all colors. My forester visited me at the bedside with flowers and praised my commitment despite “bicycle breakdown”. It’s good that none of my “dive through the kingdom of heaven” heard anything. But now that everyone is already in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, I can tell it. to still be able to fulfill my mission. Arriving at the “Lang-Heger”, I could not say that I came across the “Kingdom of Heaven”, but had to report as a small white lie, that on the normal road from Schneeberg to Eiland, which also leads down a bit, the bicycle chain jumped and I flew into the ditch. For several days my leg was swollen and shimmering in all colors. My forester visited me at the bedside with flowers and praised my commitment despite “bicycle breakdown”. It’s good that none of my “dive through the kingdom of heaven” heard anything. But now that everyone is already in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, I can tell it. that I came over the “Kingdom of Heaven”, but had to report as a small white lie, that on the normal road from Schneeberg to Eiland, which also leads down a bit, the bike chain jumped off and I flew into the ditch. For several days my leg was swollen and shimmering in all colors. My forester visited me at the bedside with flowers and praised my commitment despite “bicycle breakdown”. It’s good that none of my “dive through the kingdom of heaven” heard anything. But now that everyone is already in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, I can tell it. that I came over the “Kingdom of Heaven”, but had to report as a small white lie, that on the normal road from Schneeberg to Eiland, which also leads down a bit, the bike chain jumped off and I flew into the ditch. For several days my leg was swollen and shimmering in all colors. My forester visited me at the bedside with flowers and praised my commitment despite “bicycle breakdown”. It’s good that none of my “dive through the kingdom of heaven” heard anything. But now that everyone is already in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, I can tell it. the bicycle chain jumped off and I flew into the ditch. For several days my leg was swollen and shimmering in all colors. My forester visited me at the bedside with flowers and praised my commitment despite “bicycle breakdown”. It’s good that none of my “dive through the kingdom of heaven” heard anything. But now that everyone is already in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, I can tell it. the bicycle chain jumped off and I flew into the ditch. For several days my leg was swollen and shimmering in all colors. My forester visited me at the bedside with flowers and praised my commitment despite “bicycle breakdown”. It’s good that none of my “dive through the kingdom of heaven” heard anything. But now that everyone is already in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, I can tell it.

Harald Richter,
Rostock, July 2006