CH A P T E R 4 Neue Welt, Neue Arbeit—New World, New Work Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) “A ugust Hertwig.” Edward Wolf looked at me sternly, long face and slits for eyes. “You don’t look very strong. Can you do a day’s work?” “Ja,” was all I could reply. “We are sinking a slope shaft down to over two-hundred feet deep. There is a six-foot seam of coal there that we will recover. I need able-bodied men to dig and sink the shaft. It’s hard, dirty, and deep work. There’ll be no slacking down there.” I could say nothing else but, “Ja.” I was given a shovel and sent down the ever-deepening shaft. The darkness fell upon me as a heavy woolen shroud. Sounds deadened by a hundred feet of soil sounded like the futile stirrings of the nearly-dead. Physical labor still burdened me, but soon the weight of moral decision would lay upon my shoulders. The very weight of God’s will would burden me. My father had trained me to work, and I carried the load of a laborer. Yet the mines weighed upon my body. My lungs