Why India? Why do millions of people from the West travel to the East in pursuit of happiness? "Finding Green Gold" renders this phenomenon comprehensive with the example of a young woman from small town Bavaria. The story of Sonia Hunke who wants everything - wealth, a husband and children and time to enjoy it all - deals with a number of controversial issues in a highly entertaining way. A strictly catholic upbringing leaves her with an eating disorder and an addiction to drugs. When she falls in love with a Greek freak, she takes a few detours in life traveling through India and Nepal. Finally alone she embarks on a journey to realize her heart's desires in which 150 pink elephants, crystals from the Himalayas and teakwood pyramids play a major role.
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The woman flies like never before. Two boys watch her, hidden under hazelnut bushes close by. "I am scared", says Adolf Hunke to his friend Otto Gleixner as they hold each other hidden in the greenery. Bombs are exploding all around them.
The woman's body flies high into the blue summer sky, lifted by the force of 5000 kilograms of explosives. Thirty feet in the air she reaches the turning point. Her scull cracks as it hits the ground just a few feet away from the hazelnut bushes. Light red blood trickles over her lips. In the heat of this 16th of August 1943 Angelika Borscht has found her peace. After 28 years she has left the planet.
The boys will never forget the image of the flying woman. The hear the body hit the ground while all hell breaks loose around them.
Before this day ten year old Adolf had never thought about death. Today it hits home. It is a hot day in the narrow streets of Regensburg, a medieval town in northeastern Bavaria on the banks of the river Danube. After school and lunch under the eyes of his mother Augusta Adolf usually enjoys some hours of freedom. Together with his best friend Thomas he plays on the green fields behind the Messerschmidt Factory in Prufening, a suburb of Regensburg. Since the beginning of the war Hitler is building ME 109 Bomber planes here. Close to the factory there stretches a small airfield where Adolf plays soccer or hide and seek with his friend Thomas.
On this day in August a swarm of 376 Flying Fortresses executes his first major US air attack on German ground. They destroy the boys' innocence forever with the deafening sounds of sirens, exploding bombs and shattering glass.
The pilot Artur Clarke, who helped in the killing of Angelika, does not care about the devastation he is sewing. He is a man with a mission for his country, happy to have come so far: The Air Strike did not start easily from East Anglia in England. Thick fog had kept them all waiting for hours on the ground, hours filled with nervous cigarette smoking. At the last possible moment the "double-strike mission" took off to destroy the Messerschmidt factory in Regensburg and the Bearings factory in Schweinfurt.
As they enter German Airspace, the Flying Fortresses face German fighter airplanes. In this battle the Americans lose 15 planes until the Germans run out of fuel and ammunition and return to the ground. Arther Clarke and his crew escape the Germans. They head for Regensburg which seems an easy target now.
At exactly 12.24 pm the sirens are howling through the streets of Regensburg. With the sirens the workers in the factory start running towards the air raid shelters. The entrance to the underground caves is half a mile away from the productkion halls. Built in a hurry for war production, the large factory halls do not have a basement. Adold and Thomas interrupt their ball game and look for a plact to hide. They do not know where the bomb shelter for the factory workers is located. Seven minutes after the alarm six German ME 109 fighters take off from the Messerschmidt airfield to defend the factory.
Angelika almost reaches the entrance to safety when she remembers her medallion. During working hours she keeps her only piece of jewelry, a gift from her husand, in a locker. In the hurry she forgot to collect it. "My love, I cannot lose it..." Without thinking about the danger she runs back into the factory building while the Flying Fortresses roar closer like a swarm of killer wasps.
Precious minutes pass while Angelika is fiddling with the lock. Running towards the exit her body trembles at the noise of the airplanes which now cover the sky. On the steps in front of the factory doors one of her heels breaks off. Precious seconds are wasted as she is taking off the shoes - she possesses only one pair. She starts running again as the first bomb hits the building barely ten feet away from her. It is exactly 12.42 pm.
Above thge ground Arthur's co-pilot has pushed the red lever which drops the bomb. A moment later he shouts: "We have hit the target, we have hit them." The joy of the crew turns to silence as German machine gun fire pierces the hull of their B 17. Shot in the chest, Arthur dies instantly. The co-pilot gains control of the plane for a moment before the cockpit is ripped to pieces by a German missile.
As Angelika dies with the feeling of flying, other bombs are exploding on the ground. The shock waves burst all the windows. It is raining glass while the factory is hit again and again. Clusters of Phosphor spread fire over the factory grounds and the surrounding fields. Dust fills the air; stones and debris are crashing down everywhere.
Adolf and Thomas hold each other under the hazelnut bushes and cover their noses with their shirts. The grass around the bushes catches fire. Seconds turn into eternity until suddenly it is all aover. The Flying Fortresses turn south.
Few stones are left standing from the Messerschmidt Factory. As survivors are coming back to life and shake off the dust, the victims are nearing the eternal light. 400 people in Regensburg, a lot of them Russian prisoners of war, and 600 Americans lose their lives in the mission "Double Strike". In this outburst of violence new karmic bonds have been formed. New karmic lessons will be learned in the future as we return, again and again.
The historic center of the town, with the gothic Cathedral and dozens of churches, remains standing until today. For a couple of weeks Hitler cannot build any planes in Regensburg. Yet in December the production reaches again the same level of August.
Volker is standing on the beach. The sun has colored his skin red like a cancer. "Sonia, good morning, what are you doing here?" "I'm trying to breathe underwater, but it is not working. Am I enlightened now?" He starts to laugh and laugh. "Sonia, you are enlightened. We are all born enlightened. You are just flipping out. Stark, raving mad. You are going through a spiritual crisis. Don't look for enlightenment. It is already here."