welcome began to wear a little thin with Sevim's family in
Gladbeck. Sevim's uncle happened on a photo of Sevim and myself
with his two young daughters during one of their visits to
Istanbul. He felt that the immorality of our posing all together
in swim suits at the beach was sufficient motivation for withdrawing
his financial guarantee on our behalf with the local police.
The authorities have us 24 hours to leave the country.
It was only thanks to a painter friend, who guaranteed
our financial solvency, that we were permitted to stay a few
days longer. I went to bring my wife and child back to the
apartment from the hospital only to find our baggage packed
and set in front of the door. We didn't have five marks in
our pockets. So, with a child barely a month old and my wife
barely able to walk, we set out on foot with our luggage and
my paintings as my in-laws watched impassively from the kitchen
stayed for a total of about ten days at my artist friend's house in
Gladbeck. During this brief period, I was able to make a quick
trip to Vienna to see professor Hausner. I was enchanted by Vienna.
At the Fine Arts Academy, just around the corner from the mythic Vienna
Opera house, Professor Hausner's studio was empty except for a studio
assistant and an assistant professor. Although I didn't speak a work
of German, I managed to convey, through the use of a pocket dictionary,
the fact that I wanted to show my work to the professor.