The monotonous routine of the inmates of the Prussian prison at Weichselmunde was surprisingly disrupted in 1815. A valet named Diderici, locked up for impersonating his master after the later had died of a stroke, was walking in chains in the walled exercise yard with other prisoners marching ahead of and behind him. Suddenly Diderici began to fade. According to both prisoners and guards, within seconds he was invisible – then his manacles and ankle irons clinked to the ground. Nothing more was ever seen of Diderici, who somehow had made a reality of every prisoner’s dream.


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