This documentary-portrait depicts the collective fates of the Sudeten Germans from eastern Krkonose. The life story of an eighty-year-old mountain farmer Friedrich Kneifel's family mirrors the dramatic events of the last century and changes in his hometown on the mountain slopes. Fate had sent him to the war-campaign in Stalingrad and therefore he missed the forced displacement of Sudeten Germans. While luck allowed him to survive Stalingrad, reaping hay after that loss wasn’t exactly a happy ending for him.
“The family chronicle of Friedrich Kneifel portrays so much of the collective profile of traditional inhabitants of Eastern Krkonose, that it would be a sin not to make a film a about it. It was a tough job for both of us, but finally I managed to open even such topics that he himself had never thought to ever say out loud.”