Real Horses, Fake Indians. It had all started with the German teacher Karl May, whose novels satisfied the longing for an ideal world, with emotion in the center of the story line, namely the friendship among men, the noble savage and the white adventurer. For thinking up these travel stories, generally written in the first person, my German teacher called him "Charlie Schmaeh – Lying Charlie." At one point, we could experience Pierre Brice & Co. in a live performance of "Treasure of Silver Lake." Newspaper coverage praised their Vienna show with real horses and fake Indians: "When the reds occupy the city hall, it is no party congress – Winnetou Rides Again!" Many years later, we visited the Plitvice National Park, the impressive scenery of the German Western movies of the 1960's.