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Philosopher, dreamer, poet and colourful painter – all in one – is Djuk, the artist nickname of Ulrich Ehlers, German from Bonn. As a child he “borrowed” his father’s brushes to paint pictures of this dreams. No wonder his academician-painter father though that young Ulrich was wasting his and summarily “discouraged” his son from painting. But father, in all others matters, was generous, kind and loving; himself living a full life for music, dancing and painting and was most of the time surrounded by cultural aspirating friends. He gave his son freedom and money to do as the son please. “Father was my ideal” so says Djuk.

Mother was daughter of a Methodist preacher and she instilled into the young boy Ulrich the necessity to discipline one’s wishes, one’s freedom, and one’s emotions. The fear of God and the fervent worship of Him were inculcated into the confused mind of this spoilt son of her liberal husband.

Not one parent influenced Djuk in his choice of study; neither could, since only confusion could come about from such differing parents who were tearing Djuk apart into opposite directions. TO Djuk, his father enjoyed life, was always happy and gay, but had no God. Motyher, on the other hand, was sobre and restrictive and made God sound so terrifying and so demanding. “Can there be God then? Djuk decided to find out for himself. He enrolled in the University of Bonn for Comparative Religious Science and Philosophy.

Half way through, Hitler conscripted young Ulrich into his bristly army by even a dictator could not order Djuk about as he desired, so Djuk promptly sent to army prison and punished for non-obedience. Djuk remained untamed for five years in Hitler’s cages. No sooner was he released and sent to the front, Djuk was captured by Stalin’s comrades in the Caucosus Mountains and imprisoned again this time for three years. It was also three years after armistice: poor Djuk – he was one of those that Stalin kept behind bars for exchange in the bargain for Berlin.
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