"In my memory, it was always summertime in Bendeleben. Every day we could swim in the park pond or play croquet on the palace lawn."
In his book "Nachklang einer Jugend" Eberhard von Wasielewski recalls visiting the von Krause family in Bendeleben in the 1920s and 1930s.
The shore on which anglers sit quietly today was once a noisy scene of action. Members of upper society enjoyed their private swimming outings in this spot. The Chinese-style bathhouse which Wilhelm Hugo Ernst von Krause had built in the 1920s no longer exists. Fans of the park, however, dream of rebuilding the bathhouse one day.
With the first official mention of Bendeleben in the year 870, the gift of a fish pond was reported. When the palace park was outfitted with ponds, the supply of fresh fish became a welcome fringe benefit. Wasielewski recalls "the palace kitchen with a carp tank" in the 1920s. Since 1971 the former swimming pond has been used by the Bendeleben Sportfischer e.V.
In the 1960s and 1970s the engaged school director Heini Koch passed along his fascination with fish breeding to the next generation in his "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Teichwirtschaft" (fish pond cultivation) initiative. (Photographer unknown).