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40代、独身、東京在住。仕事は翻訳業。米留学経験有り。

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Bauhausler, Chapter 9
A story of Japanese woman who experienced Bauhaus art and love romance in Berlin, early 1930's when Nazis came to power.

Please read Introduction first.

On 11 April 1933, the doomsday came to Bauhaus School. It was the begining day of New Semester, the SA (Storm Troopers) and Berlin Police got into the school building and raided the school on suspicion of communist activity that related to Parliament Building Arson. The school was sealed for interrogation. On that day, when Masako arrived the school late because she got a cold in the morning. After she thought she got recovered, she went to the school but the school building was already sealed. Her schoolmates were there looking at sealed school building. She asked them what happened and learned about the raid and arrest of Meister Marucs Weiss.

"Why?" she asked. It was because he was a leader of communist activity in Bauhaus. Masako got really shocked and thought about what to do. How could she help him out? The only person she came up with was Peter Jasper, the head of SS Berlin Branch.

Masako went to the branch office and told the guard that who she was and she wanted to meet with branch head, Herr Jasper. After 10 minutes, Peter came up to her in the entrance hall and took her to his office.
Masako said to him with anger, "You promised your organization would not interfere in our school while I am attending there."
"This is national emergency. You know what happened to Parliament building. We cannot afford any tolerance to restore order."
"But our school has nothing to do with the Arson."
"How can you tell? Your school has many communists." said Peter.
"That is why you arrested Marcus. I can tell that he is not a communist as you think to be. He is not for Red Army coming from Russia. He is not trying to overthrow the government or cause any revolution. Rather he was trying to reform the economy. Well, I am not expert of this. I want to tell you that he is not criminal like you think. I am no communist, you know. I can guarantee his innocence." responded Masako desperately.
"It doesn't matter" said Peter.
"What do you mean?"
"Nazis want to ban that school and diminish new type of art your people are studying" said Marcus.
"You mean, he was scapegoat?"
"Yes, we are heading towards true German spirit, truely unified Germany. Anything like Bauhaus should not exit in this country. The end of corruption." said Peter proudly.
"But why, he arrested? Not just closing the school?"
"Well, about this, he became a great scapegoat for this. That's all I can tell" said Peter shadily.
"You mean, because he was Jew?" responded Masako.
Peter said nothing to that. This told her answer was right.
"What should I do? I cannot study here any more" said Masako looking awfully depressed.
"I am very sorry for this situation. But I cannot help this any more." said Peter looking at her sadly.
As soon as Masako found the saddness in his face, she said to him,
"I am going back to Japan. I want to continue studying Bauhaus art. I really need a teacher for this. Meister Weiss was a very person for this. I want to take him to my homeland so I can continue studying it back home. He was best teacher among those I know."
"But he was arrested? You can't take him."
"Only if you keep him in prison."
"What do you mean? Are you asking me to get him out? I can't even if you ask me."
She saw the photo of Captain Rohm hanged on the wall in his office. She guessed how his relationship with Captain developed.
"Then I would have to meet with your Furlur to tell him what I heard at the party's night. Something about you two planning a new coup" said Masako sensing these words could convince Peter to do what she wanted.
Peter looked troubled but not convinced enough. Then Masako said crying desperately.
"I promise, after I get him back, I will let him leave here immediately and come to my home country with me."
Then he took a receiver of the phone on the desk and dialed.

A few days later, Masako saw Marcus again at the police station. Marcus looked pale. Masako was very worried but very confident in giving him good news.



The two went to Masako's apartment where she prepared luggage to return home.
She told what she promised with Peter and then said to him,
"Come to Japan with me. I can arrange that. You have no safe place here. Over there, you can have a safe life and I can introduce you a job. You can continue teaching there. Here you might be arrested again. You are marked."
"No. I am not going there with you. I will be in Germany forever. I might have to go underground. I have to fight against Nazis." said Marcus very emotionally.
"How could you? I tried to save you after you were arrested." shouted Masako.
"I do appreciate that, but I cannot leave here. That is for my country, Germany. I am Jew but I am very proud of being German. I have to defend my country from such evil group."
"But you can't fight against them. They took over this country."
"Then I will take it back." said Marcus with confidence.
"Are you doing this alone?"
"I guess I can do that with my group."
"Please leave Germany with me. I want you to be safe. I beg you." said Masako crying to beg.
"Sorry, I really can't. Besides nowhere in this world is safe for me these days. Even in your country such movement has been appearent. Your country invaded China. Just like that, Germany has been in the state of paranoia. I want to fix that because I am patriot." said Marcus.
"Why are we in turmoil? We met, and I found a great thing to learn, Bauhaus. It is all because of Nazis." Masako cried.
"I am not blaming Nazis, Hitler, German people who supported him. I am not blaming my people, Jews because they have been scapegoat of the society. What to blame is the time we are living. But we have to survive in order to make things better."
Marcus opend the door of her room to leave. Masako said "I love you" but Marcus left without responding to her.

Masako got no contact with him since then. She had to leave Germany because of the closure of the school. She decided to go to England instead of coming back home. She attended the college to study literature. She wanted to wait for Marcus. She gave her address in England to her former classmates at Bauhaus, who continued to live in Berlin. She told them if they had a chance to get in touch with Marcus, they inform him her address in England so that he could contact her. But no reply came.

She could stay in England only for a year. Next year she got a telegraph from Japan that her father collapsed and was in critical condition. She hurried back home by ship but when she arrived home, her father already passed away and learned her family bankrupt.

She no longer could go back to Europe. She had to live all by herself and started to work as a teacher and translator for English and German.

As time passed by, she realized what Hitler told her was right. In 1940 Japan got alliance with Germany and entered the war against the U.S. and its allies.

In August 1945, Japan was defeated after most of the cities were burned down. It was three months later than Germany's defeat and Hitler's death by suicide.

To be continued to Conclusion.
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