Year of the Alleged Death of Alfred Beernitz
On September 1, 1939, Alfred takes a stroll on to the Goldkoppe hill, now called Zlatý Chlum hill. At noon, the sky becomes overcast and around the top of the hill, a never-before-seen number of bolts of lightning are visible, lashing against the peak and even setting part of the forest on fire. The witnesses testify to this natural phenomenon's unprecedented nature. The next day, a small body is found on site at the hill top, burned beyond recognition. No one ever sees Alfred after this incident. After several weeks of searching in the local woods, the locals make a dignified farewell, but do not conduct the usual funeral ceremony. According to the last will of Alfred Beernitz, the remains of the found body are not buried in the grave prepared for him, but instead, they are shipped to Hamburg, loaded on an ocean liner and lowered into the water in the middle of the Atlantic ocean ceremoniously in the presence of his son and several friends.