Udo came to Chile at the age of eighteen. He was one of the first. His brother Hartmut was formerly the doctor of the Colonia Dignidad and belonged to Schafer’s inner circle. After he was convicted, Hartmut fled to Germany. He still lives near Krefeld and has never been sentenced.
Parts of the hotel furniture dates from early times.
One of three members of the diet-kitchen, where German food is cooked for the older residents. The chef cooked for 30 years in the canteen kitchen of the Colonia Dignidad.
The playground wich was build for the hotel.
The locksmithery has some Chilean employees. In the times of Schäfer this facilty manufactured machine-guns. Today employees mostly repair agricultural engines. The locksmithery is very famous for the high-quality work.
The generation which was born into the Colonia Dignidad had to work for 40 years without being payed. Today they try to make money in any way possible in order to leave something behind for their children. Their father Horst for example breeds goats.
Elke works in the bakery and confectionery of the Villa Baviera. Bread, cakes and cookies are exported to the nearby regions. They are also sold at a local tourist shops.
In the „Freihaus,“ Paul Schäfer had his private living chambers. His windows were fitted with bulletproof glass, and he was the only member of the colony to have a private bathroom. This is where he abused the young boys of Colonia Dignidad. After he was arrested the residents destroyed the bathroom.
Johannes takes care of the gardens at the Villa Baviera. He strongly believes in the Redeemer. When he gets stressed he takes a little break on the swing.
The chilean tourists do not really deal with the history of the Colonia Dignidad. They are mainly interested in German beer, Bratwürste and Volksmusik.
The 15.000 hectares of land mostly consist of fields and timber. In the times of Schäfer the Colonia Dignidad was nearly self-sufficient.
Magdalena came as a little girl to the Colonia Dignidad. She worked years under the former doctor of the sect Hartmut Hopp. Today she manages the small hospital ward on her own.
Thomas with his wife Elke and their daughters. His father Kurt was part of the inner circle of Paul Schäfer. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Thomas campaigns for his father’s freedom during the weekends.
Paul Schäfer surreptitiously ordered for a new fence be built around the Colonia Dignidad. He said he was afraid of an invasion by the communists. The fence was equipped with tripwire and infrared transmitter. The true purpose was to prevent residents from escaping.
The school of Villa Baviera is located 5 km away from the village. Both German and Chilean children attend the school. They are urgently looking for a German teacher, because the German children in Villa Baviera today speak better Spanish than German.