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She re-created a medieval trail in Germany, drawing thousands of hikers

Esther Zeiher launched the endeavor after she came across an old map. She calls the trail an ‘adventure in humanity’ that is enabling meaningful exchanges between people.

Isabelle de Pommereau

It had been more than six decades – 60 long years – since Erhard Zeinert last pulled the ropes that rang the bells of his village church. He was only 6 years old then. But he always remembered the sound of the bells, just as he remembered World War II, communism, the Berlin Wall, the closing of his little wooden 12th-century church and its falling into disrepair.