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.
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.
U. 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.
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 for example breeds goats.
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.
A little playground, build for the tourists.
J. is chilean and was adopted by Paul Schäfer. He worked on the fields and had to carry 100 kg sacks of seeds day by day. Today he has huge problems with his back.
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.
E. 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.
The 15.000 hectares of land mostly consist of fields and timber. In the times of Schäfer the Colonia Dignidad was nearly self-sufficient.
Chileans from around the village offer leisure attractions during the festivals. The families of the Villa Baviera can not afford them.
J. 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.
T. with his wife E. 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.
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 former ambulance was imported from germany.
S. was adopted by Paul Schäfer. He insists on being chilean. Sergio taught his self playing the piano. Today he plays more than 60 german „Schlager“. He loves Helene Fischer, but only the songs wich have a meaning.
A former community house, that is now divided into apartments. In Schäfer’s original system privacy did not exist for any of the residents, so they had to rearrange the old houses. Most of the apartments are very small and in poor condition.
M. 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.
Breakfast is served in the little „Comedor“ of the hotel. A TV mounted on the wall plays Volksmusik all day long.
Because of her good grades, C. was out-of-favor. Paul Schäfer wanted to shoot her. Today she lives with her, also by Paul Schäfer adopted husband together. They have one son.
Tourists while an organized beer drinking contest.
R. with his family. He takes care of the small hydroelectric power station in Villa Baviera. The turbines were built in the 1940’s out of scrap metal imported from Germany. Since then they work without a failure.
D. joined the Colonia Dignidad as a little child. Today she manages with her husband the little garden market of the Villa Baviera. They sell plants to tourists.
The bible „Schild des Glaubens“ was the only book children of the Colonia Dignidad were allowed to read. All parts which speak about love, sexuality and family were pasted over.
A chilean singer performing during the „Deer-fest“.
The Villa Baviera is located 400 km south of the Chilean capital Santiago. The ground covers approx. 15,000 hectares. The southern border is created by the river Perquilauquén, and to escape from the Colonia Dignidad residents would have had to cross the river.
After Paul Schäfer disappeared to Argentina he planed to create a new colony. He arranged that Friedhelm would accompany him to organized the agriculture. Because of his privileged position F. was also prosecuted.
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.