The view sweeps across the expanse of golden yellow fields to staffelberg and banz monastery. The manor house on the ummersberg rests stately. The path is lined with birch trees rustling in the wind. A castle-like building, little towers, a park behind it: in this movie-like setting, the only thing missing is the young owner of the estate, elegantly dressed and trotting along on his horse – but the french reality is not that kitschy. Jochen finkel wears jeans and a gray T-shirt, which he will exchange for another gray T-shirt in the course of our meeting. The young master farmer has plenty to do. T-shirt no. 1 already looked like work in the morning. There we met the 31-year-old in a field above eggenbach in the district of lichtenfels.
"Because of the bird protection we were not allowed to cut the hedges. But overhanging aste must go, I have clarified this with the agricultural office. Otherwise something like this will happen", he pointed to the broken wing mirror on the tractor. Then he took us to the farm. Five kilometers further on we were surprised by the stately home with stone lows in front of the house and bronze statues in the park. Gut ummersberg lies lonely on the road between birkach and busendorf and is the smallest part of the municipality of ebensfeld. We want to get to know all the residents. But first the granny.
The east prussian and his franks
Antonia marie finkel, 80 years old, searches out documents. In 1872, the wealthy doctor august swaine loved to build the palatial home on the farm and lay out the park. Because he had no children, his cousin inherited it well. Her husband came from the east prussian noble family conta and is said to have always stood on the tower to see whether the people in the fields were really working. Some also say that he only put up a doll so that the workers would feel watched. Either way: it was no use. "That used to be 60 hectares, he couldn’t see that far. The people have transferred the grain behind the mountain on their own wagons."