Perhaps the readers of Winnetou III will recall how Santer stole Winnetou’s Last Will and Testament and tore it asunder as he felt certain he could escape with the golden nuggets unhindered. Perhaps the dear readers will also recall his fate …
Karl May, so it seems, predicted what would happen to his own legacy.
“This was how the Apache’s testament had disappeared, just as its author had passed away and just like the Indian people will disappear. They were richly provided for, but were not allowed to reach their full potential. Just like the shreds of the testament were scattered to the winds, so too does the red man drift across the far expanses that once belonged to him.” – Winnetou III
Should we allow Karl May’s work to be torn asunder and scattered to the wind?