Eginald Schlattner, born in Arad, Transylvania, in 1933, studied Protestant theology, and after being expelled mathematics and hydrology. In 1957 he was arrested and charged with ‘connivance regarding high treason'. When he was released, he worked in odd jobs and later as an engineer. In 1973 he took up his theological studies again and is now a prison chaplain. He still lives in Transylvania, near Sibiu.