17 Instantes de una Primavera (17 Moments of Spring) PART 4

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Central Studio of Children and Youth Films
named after M. GORKY
By commission of State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers
on Television and Radio Broadcasting
Part 4
Stirlitz- Vyacheslav TlKHONOV
Vladimir Gromov - Peter CHERNOV
Alexander Kovalenko - Vladimir ROUDY
Pastor Schlagg - Rostislav PLYATT Kathe - Yekaterina GRADOVA
Schellenberg - Oleg TABAKOV
General Wolf- Vassily LANOVOY
Mueller - Leonid BRONEVOY Eismann - Leonid KURAVLYOV
Himmler - Nikolai PROKOPOVlCH
lnsurance man- Victor SHEGLOV
Narrated by Yefim KOPELYAN
Yustas to Alex.
l'm still confident that not a single Western politician
will negotiate with the SS or SD.
But since l got the assignment,
l'm starting to realize it.
lt will be possible to carry it out, if l inform Himmler
about some information received from you.
With his support, l'll be able
to watch those who are looking
for the channels to start such negotiations.
l'll organize my <> to
Himmler here, on the spot, without consulting you.
lt will help me to inform you about all the news which will
confirm your hypothesis, or on the contrary,
refute it.
At present there is no other way.
ln case of approval, send your message
through Erwin.
He is on the verge of failure.
He is on the verge of failure.
lf he goes directly to Himmler,
he'll fail immediately, and nothing will save him,
even if Himmler decides to play with him.
But it's hardly possible.
He is not the one to play games with the Reichsfuhrer of the SS.
Send him tomorrow
the immediate and categorical prohibition.
All right, Vladimir.
Stirlitz was going to Erwin.
That morning Stirlitz had to get
the answer from the centre through Erwin.
By the legend, Erwin was the owner of a small record-player firm.
This enabled him to travel a lot
and receive many people at his place.
Hey, you! Move! Quicker!
Come on! Quicker!
Work quicker!
Do you hear me?
Quicker, quicker!
What are you staring at? Come on! Quickly!
There are so many cars.
lf they fly in now, nothing will remain of us.
l don't think they'll fly in today.
lt's cloudy.
Do you hear me? The people are waiting over there.
This way.
<> thought Stirlitz,
Stirlitz caught himself at thinking
in such a way about Germany and Germans.
And he was surprised. A paradox.
Don't you see that the cars are waiting, the people are waiting.
Of course, not.
He was living in Germany,
knew those people and believed in their future.
Stirlitz remembered the day when for the first time
he saw Thalmann.
Thalmann was marching at the head of the demonstrators' column,
and the workers were guarding that column from all sides.
< to maintain faithfulness to our cause,
such faithfulness,
which is tested by life and death,>>
said Thalmann one day.
And Thalmann was a true soldier of revolution.
He struggled to the end for the happiness of his people.
Go away.
Quickly, quickly.
- Hail Hitler. - What's up?
The street is closed, you should use a byway road.
What happened?
The British fighters threw some super-powerful bomb.
Only ruins are left.
l'm sorry, Standartenfuhrer, but it's forbidden to go here.
The sappers are afraid there are any delay-action bombs.
So we'll die together.
ls everyone dead?
l don't know, but there were a lot of ambulances.
- Are there any things left? - No! See, what's going on?
She was brought into hospital
with a strong concussion and a shock.
lt took half an hour to dig her out of the debris.
She remained alive by miracle.
This Polish girl gave birth to such a giant.
- She is not Polish. - ls she Russian, Czech?
She is German by passport.
A passport belonging to Katherine Kien was found in her coat.
Maybe it's somebody else's coat?
A gorgeous chubby baby. He must weigh no less than 5 kilos.
Will you call Gestapo, or l'll do it?
You'd better call them a bit later. We've got much work to do.
All right.
Hello, Frau Kien.
l'd like to ask you several questions.
- Do you hear me? - Yes...
l won't bother you very much.
- Where are you from? - From the insurance company.
ls my husband dead?
l'd like to ask you
where he was when the bomb fell.
He was in the bathroom.
Oh, you had some briquettes left.
lt's such a deficit. We get terribly cold at our company.
He got some by a lucky chance.
Are you tired?
ls he dead?
l brought you sad news, Frau Kien.
He's dead.
We're helping the people who suffered during that bombing.
What kind of help would you like to get, while you're in hospital?
l think you're provided with food.
We'll prepare clothing for you and for the baby, when you're
discharged from hospital.
What a wonderful chubby baby!
A girl?
lt's a boy.
A shouter?
l haven't heard his voice yet.
Do they often cry?
My children cried awfully.
My ear-drums were bursting from their cries.
But mine were born slim, and yours is a giant.
And all giants are silent.
Could you answer one more question, please?
What was the sum of your property insurance?
l don't know. My husband dealt with it.
Where was your property insured? ln what department?
l think, at the corner of Kurfurstendam and Kaung Street.
lt's 27th department. Now it's easier to make inquiries.
Do you remember the insurance sum?
- l think 10 thousand marks. - lt's a big sum.
Come, come...Young mother shouldn't cry and worry.
Believe me, the father of 3 children.
This will immediately tell on the baby's stomach,
and you'll hear his bass.
You shouldn't think only about yourself.
This luxury is over for you once and forever.
You should think only about your baby.
l won't cry.
Where are your relatives? Our company will help them to come here.
We'll pay for their travel, provide lodging.
But some hotels are ruined and some are given to the military.
But we have private apartments.
Your relatives won't feel sorry.
Whom should l inform?
They stayed in Koenigsberg. l don't know anything about them.
What about your husband's relatives?
Whom should l inform?
His relatives are in Sweden, but it's no good to write to them.
His uncle is a friend of Germany,
and we were asked not to write to him.
That was why we sent the letters through the embassy.
Do you remember the address?
l'm sorry. l'll first feed the baby
and then tell you the address.
l won't bother you.
While l'm writing down your uncle's address,
have a look at these photos and tell me
if you see your things here.
Some things were found after the bombing.
ln your position even one suitcase is a great help.
Of course, she recognized the suitcase with a radio transmitter.
You can sell something and buy necessary things for the baby.
Of course, we'll try to prepare everything when you leave hospital...
Thank you.
- Are you tired? - A little.
Just look carefully, and l'll leave.
No, l don't see our suitcases here.
Thank you.
Let's consider this issue also settled.
ln a day or two l'll drop by
and inform you about the results.
The commissions which l take,
are very small and won't offend you.
l'll be very grateful to you.
Himmler's reception room.
The SS headquarters chief Obergruppenfuhrer Karl Wolf.
General Wolf, they called you from the airport.
The plane is ready but
by the evening the weather might change.
l'm leaving immediately. Call the airport, please.
General, this is what the Reichsfuhrer ordered to prepare for you.
l'll read them in the car. You'll go with me and then take them back.
We cannot take out these documents. Here are 3 short references.
l'll look through them at your office.
Tell Schellenberg to come here.
l sent Wolf to Bern to contact Dulles.
l think it's wise.
lt's insane, Schellenberg.
lt's insane and adventurous.
You mean the failure of the whole operation?
l mean all the set of possibilities.
lt's you.
lt's all your work. You forced me to make this step.
lf Wolf fails, all the materials will come to us.
First they can get to the Vienna man.
To Kaltenbrunner.
And l don't know whether these materials will go to Bormann or to me.
And you know what Bormann will do as soon as he gets
such kind of documents.
And imagine the Fuhrer's reaction when he sees everything
with Bormann's comments.
l analyzed this possibility too.
Which possibility?
l analyzed the possibility of Bormann
taking hold of these documents.
First, Wolf has to talk
with Dulles not on behalf of you, or of himself,
but on behalf of Kesselring. He's subordinate to him in ltaly.
He's Deputy Commander in ltaly and is not
directly subordinate to you.
lt's fine.
Did you think of it before, or it has just occurred to you?
lt occurred to me as soon as l found out about Wolf's travel.
- Sit down. - Thank you.
- You can smoke. - Thanks.
Will you allow me?
Himmler knew that Schellenberg
smoked only <> and didn't like any other cigarettes.
After America had become engaged in the war, he asked him:
Schellenberg smiled and said:
< they'll say you're a traitor.>>
Himmler didn't forget about it.
l analyzed all the possibilities including the unpleasant ones.
What if Kesselring,
or worse, his patron Göring,
will prove their alibi in this case?
We'll be able to prevent it. Take care of it in advance.
Of course, we'll do it.
But you were right when you had led out of this game
your deputy, Kaltenbrunner.
He can give us this opportunity. He and Mueller.
What do you suggest?
l suggest to kill two birds with one stone.
lt's impossible.
- Actually, l'm not a hunter. - Neither am l.
The Fuhrer says that the relations among the allies are on the verge of rupture.
Consequently, the rupture among them is one of our main goals.
l cannotjudge what Stalin will do, if he finds out about the separate
negotiations held by SS general Wolf.
l cannot say what he will do.
But l have no doubt that he'll take measures.
Thus, is Wolf's travel,
coded by us as big misinformation for Stalin,
for the Fuhrer's good or not?
l mean our legend,
our negotiations are bluff for Stalin.
That's what we'll tell the Fuhrer, in case of failure.
l'll think about it.
Will you be interested in details, or l'll take care of them?
You'd better do it.
Actually, there shouldn't be any details in this case.
What do you exactly mean?
First of all, a cover operation.
We should send some dummy, not ours,
to negotiate with the West.
Then we'll give the materials about this man to the Fuhrer.
ln case of necessity, it will be the victory of our intelligence.
We frustrated the enemy's plans.
That's exactly what Goebbels is saying. Yes?
Secondly, thousands of eyes will watch Wolf in Switzerland.
Among those eyes there might be our agents who'll
send a message here.
Who will get this message?
Who will inform? Your agent or Mueller's?
An intellectual who objectively sizes up the situation, or
a blind fanatic like Kaltenbrunner.
Consequently, l'd like to have
among the eyes of the Western allies who will be
watching Wolf, 5-6 pairs of my eyes.
Wolf won't know about our people.
The agents will send information directly to me.
And finally, there's the third alibi.
ln case of failure, we'll sacrifice Wolf, but
all the materials concerning his behavior will be a part of our alibi.
YOUR alibi.
Who do you want to send?
For the first task
Schellenberg chose Stirlitz with his pastor.
Do you have any concrete candidatures?
l've got very good candidates.
But l can think about it myself, without disturbing you.
You may go.
lnvestigator of the Gestapo District Department.
- Did you call me? - Yes, Lemke.
Take the photos and the suitcases and send them for expert tests.
l covered them with Norwegian lacquer. lt wonderfully shows the fingerprints.
Hurry them up.
They've made the tests of the prints from the suitcase with the radio.
The fingerprints were discovered on the suitcase too.
So... And?
But the prints are not very well seen. The leather is bulged.
- Bring them here. - Yes.
02.23.1945 (9 hours 00 minutes)
The troops of the 3d Byelorussian Front
are conducting offensive operations in the South-West of Koenigsberg.
The troops of the 1st Byelorussian Front with the participation of the Polish
patriots liquidated the encircled
grouping of the enemy, occupied
the city and the Poznan fortress.
Today, on the 23rd of February,
there was published Order No5 of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief
in connection with the 27th anniversary of the Red Army.
The order summed up the results of the Soviet troops' winter offensive which
on the 1st of January, 1945
struck the most powerful blow
along the whole frontline from the Baltic to the Carpathians,
broke the enemy's
1200 km-long defense line
and advanced 270 km. deep inside the border of East Prussia
to the lower stream of the Wisla river,
from the bridgehead on the Wisla to the south of Warsaw,
to the lower stream of the Oder -
as far as 570 km,
from the Ondomirsky bridgehead deep into German Silesia -
as far as 480 km.
Within 40 days of the offensive, the Soviet troops
drove out the fascists from 300 cities,
seized about 100 military plants,
occupied over 2400 railway stations,
took hold of the network of railroads
more than 15 thousand km long
and caused great losses to the enemy's manpower and technology.
Roosevelt congratulates the Red Army on the 27th anniversary.
< l'd like to use this opportunity and congratulate
from all my heart
the Red Army on its 27th anniversary.
The important decisions taken in Yalta
will near the victory and make a strong foundation for everlasting peace.
The continuous, great victories of the Red Army,
together with the efforts
of the Allies' armed forces in the South and in the West
provide for the quick achievement of our common goal - to establish
peace in the whole world on the basis
of mutual understanding and cooperation.>>
The Prime Minister of Great Britain Churchill writes in his message:
< its 27th anniversary with triumph which won great
admiration of the allies and which
determined the destiny of the German militarism.
The future generation will recognize its debt to the Red Army
as unconditionally as we're doing it - we who were
the witnesses of those great victories>>.
Today the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Council awarded
orders and medals to 45 officers
of the French army unit <>.
02.23.1945 (09 hours 00 minutes)
Stirlitz asked for an appointment with Himmler.
Of course, it was an extreme measure,
but he had no other way.
l see.
All right.
ln that folder there was his letter to Himmler.
Now that he remained alone, he had no other way out.
To carry out his mission, he had to enlist Himmler's support,
get an assignment from him,
and, using him as an official cover,
start searching for those who may begin
or already began to negotiate with the West.
Half an hour ago he wrote the following letter:
< Heinrich Himmler.
Top secret. Personal.
Our nation's interests force me to write to you this letter.
From the sources close
to the journalists, l came to know that
behind the back of the SD and of the Reichsfuhrer,
some people are establishing contacts with the West,
trying to strike a bargain with the enemy.
l want you to receive me and listen to my proposals on that issue.
l'm asking for your permission to use my connections in order
to give you more details
and propose my own plan of working up this version
which, unfortunately, is too close to truth.
Sincerely yours, Standartenfuhrer of the SS von Stirlitz>>.
lf Himmler asked Stirlitz where he had got
such information, he knew what to say.
Three days ago a cameraman from
Portugal perished during a raid. His name was Poeblos Wasserman,
and he was closely connected with Swedes.
Thus, from that point of view his version was absolute.
ln general, going to the Reichsfuhrer of the SS
without Schellenberg's sanction,
was a rough violation of subordination.
Stirlitz foresaw that too.
He knew that on Wednesday and Friday
Schellenberg worked in the suburb intelligence centre.
Today was Friday.
Please, General. You have 10 minutes.
You're next, Standartenfuhrer. You have 3 minutes.
No15. This is Tsoller speaking.
Bring the report about the killed and wounded during yesterday's bombing.
ln Berlin, in Berlin.
No one could've foreseen THAT.
General Polt is in
the Reichsfuhrer's office. Shall l announce you?
l need you, Stirlitz.
l'll come in half an hour.
What are you doing here?
You were away. l wanted to tell you, but you were away.
You were at the airport, but the case is urgent.
lt concerns the family of the perished Colonel Kroll.
What happened?
Tomorrow the last car is leaving with the families of our employees.
Everyone is being evacuated.
But for the Kroll's family they didn't find place.
Didn't find place? lt's outrageous. Give it to me.
lt's terrible.
Colonel Kroll was with the Reichsfuhrer during the first days of our movement.
And when he perished...
How quickly we forget everything.
lf you allow me, l'll call the administrative department
and organize everything.
Fine. Do it.
Tsoller is listening. Brigadefuhrer.
- Who's that? - Hallman.
What did you want, Standartenfuhrer?
- They are waiting for you. - l'm going.
The Brigadefuhrer is coming here.
l need you, Stirlitz.
What a voice!
He's reporting like an operetta singer whose
voice is coming from the stomach, wishing to make an impression.
l'm always sorry for aides-de-camp.
They should always maintain the air of importance, otherwise
people will see that no one needs them.
No, the aide-de-camp is very necessary.
Very necessary.
He is like a beautiful hound.
You can talk to it, and if the exterior is good,
other hunters are jealous.
l knew one aide-de-camp who played the part of impresario.
He would tell everyone that his master was a genius.
Finally, they organized for him a car accident.
He was singing too sweetly.
Did you invent it?
- Of course l did. - lt's funny.
Did you also invent it about Kroll's widow?
l'm kidding.
Hail Hitler, guys.
Hail Hitler, Mueller.
l'm glad to see you, devils.
Are you inventing the next perfidy?
Why not?
What can be compared to your perfidy?
We're angels compared to you.
To me?
Well, it's good when you're taken for a devil.
People die, but the memory remains, even such memory.
Super, Hallman. Everything is fine and quickly done.
Everyone gets what he deserves. Yes?
And Dietrich had freckles. l didn't notice them before.
Did you know him?
lt's your aide-de-camp for special missions.
As well as those two. Total change of guard.
Let's talk business, Stirlitz.
l need your pastor.
l need your pastor.
Pastor Schlagg.
Did l name him correctly? ls he safe and sound?
ls he still living with his sister and nephews in Garten Street 2?
Yes, he's living with his sister and nephews in Garten Street 2.
l need your pastor. l...
l'm going to send him to Switzerland.
Fine. l hope you don't mean a rest in the mountains.
Of course, not. He'll go there to seek peace.
So you think that the pastor will
return back, if we take his sister and nephews
as hostages, don't you?
He'll definitely come back.
These are one-ton bombs, no less.
l think so.
They are flying away. No?
They are flying away to take new bombs.
So you think that when Pastor Schlagg returns back,
he won't blab out that it was YOU
who sent him there to establish contacts.
lt depends on who will interrogate him.
lt's nice you have the recordings of his conversations.
And l wish he himself died somewhere during a bombing.
l'll think about it.
For how long?
l'd like to have your permission...
to weigh everything.
How long are you going to WElGH it?
l'll try to suggest something in the evening.
Does the Reichsfuhrer know about your plan
to send the pastor to Bern?
Let's say no. ls it clear?
lt's pleasant that you grasp
everything so quickly.
l like working with you.
So do l.
- Why are you so angry? - Me? Angry?
l'm much gloomier when l'm angry.
l'm simply reflecting.
lf everything turns up well, you can go to the mountains for 5 days.
You will enjoy nice skiing,
the blue snow, a brown suntan.
Oh God, we forgot about many things during the war.
First of all, we forgot ourselves.
Like a coat in the wardrobe after hard drinking on Easter.
Yes, like a coat in the wardrobe.
- When did you stop writing poems? - l've never started.
A little lie generates a big distrust.
l swear l wrote everything except verses.
Why not?
l've an idiosyncrasy about rhymes.
He was on the verge of failure.
More than 2 hours later,
after Stirlitz had left Himmler's reception room,
he realized that he was on the verge of failure.
Nevertheless, he considered that day
one of the most successful in his life.
lt was a serious and big success.
First, because he was alive
and knew that
the negotiations were initiated by Himmler.
He could've been very close and never known about it.
Now he knew that, and that second fact was the most important.
He also knew that Schellenberg
had decided to release the pastor
and use him as a backup channel of connection
long before.
Now that he knew everything, he had to act.
Stirlitz had to make correct conclusions
and go ahead.
Schellenberg counted on the pastor to be a dummy in their game.
But Stirlitz didn't know what kind of game it would be.
lt was clear that the pastor was bait, a cover.
That was Schellenberg's plan.
But he overlooked the fact that Schlagg had strong connections in Switzerland.
<> decided Stirlitz, < use his influence against those
who, with Stirlitz' hands, are sending him to Switzerland.>>
Stirlitz wanted to use the pastor
as a backup channel of connection.
Now the pastor had to play another, more responsible, role.
lt was necessary to prepare for the pastor such a legend which will
arouse towards him a serious counter-interest,
as compared to the other Germans who came or are going
to come to Switzerland for such negotiations.
But one pastor is both too little and too much.
We need someone to stand by. We need someone else.
We need one more reliable person
like Professor Pleischner.
But Karl Pleischner is dead,
and his death broke all the links with the German resistance group.
lt wasn't easy to find such a person, and
it was impossible to do it in one day.
Coffee, please.
As usual, without milk?
He needed one more person. lt was clear that a cover was necessary.
Another thing was clear too.
Himmler, whose support he was seeking,
had now become a counter-figure.
ln that case it was necessary to look for
the other important figure
and enlist his support.
<> decided Stirlitz.
Today was the 23rd of February, the Red Army Day.
lt was the day which Colonel lsayev had always marked.
He marked it differently, depending on the circumstances.
Leningrad, 1942
Stalingrad, 1943
Moscow, 1944
02.23.1945 (21 hours 35 minutes)
Eismann had been studying Stirlitz' file for several days now.
He examined a heap of documents, but couldn't understand
why Stirlitz was under suspicion.
File on Fritz Schlagg, a Catholic priest.
Arrested on the 23rd of June, 1944.
Accused of anti-state activity
and an attempt on the Fuhrer's life.
Two denunciations had triggered the arrest:
those of Barbara Krain
and of Robert Niche.
Both were the parishioners of his church.
They affirmed that in his sermons Schlagg
was calling for peace and friendship among all the peoples,
denouncing barbarian wars and bloodshed.
The objective check-up established that the pastor
had met with the former Minister Krauze
who was living in emigration in Switzerland.
They were on friendly terms, but nothing pointed to
the pastor's political connection with Krauze.
Eismann wondered why Schlagg had fallen in the hands of the intelligence.
Why didn't they send him to the Gestapo?
Why did he interest Schellenberg's people?
He found the answer in a short supplement to the case.
ln 1933 Pastor Schlagg went twice
to Great Britain to take part in pacifist congresses.
Eismann realized that they had become interested in his connections.
They were interested who he had met there.
That was why he had fallen into the hands of the intelligence.
That was why Stirlitz worked with him.
And what about Stirlitz? He was carrying out an order.
Please, call the special card-index.
lt's Eismann from the 4th department. Hello.
Will you look up in your card-index,
if there is any recording of Pastor Schlagg's interrogation
by Stirlitz.
Yes, yes.
All right. What if you were not a pastor?
l am against such supposition.
l'll put it in a rough way.
lf you were deprived of your cloth, would you struggle against the regime?
You asked me about it
9 days ago,
when you had taken me to dine in that funny restaurant.
<>, yes?
Nevertheless, answer me.
Would you struggle against the regime, if you were deprived of your cloth?
l don't know. l've always hated violence.
But for every person there comes a moment,
when he cannot stand it anymore.
Were you scared in prison?
was scared during...
all the 1 1 years of your power.
You were scared when you were in prison.
- Of course. - Of course.
Would you like to come here once again,
if we release you by some miracle?
l wouldn't like to deal with you.
What if l release you on one condition?
- l'm not... - l'm not talking about this.
We have many informers.
You wanted to ask about it, didn't you?
- Yes. - You see. No.
My condition is this.
l want to have with you
friendly, purely human relations.
Do you want to help me as a person...
- ... ot are you counting on me? - l'm counting on you.
ln that case...
l should be confident
that your aim is decent.
Otherwise l won't be able to give you a positive answer.
Believe me, my aims are absolutely decent.
What do you want me to do?
l've got friends
in our state bodies.
Scholars, party functionaries,
journalists, military men.
lt's not an opposition. These people are loyal to the regime.
lf l convince my superiors
to release you, it would be interesting
if you could talk to them.
l won't ask you to report about these conversations.
But l'm not sure that there won't be Dictaphones behind the wall.
But you can go to the forest, to the field, and talk there.
l'd be interested to know
your opinion about the degree of evil,
or good, which you will discover in those people.
Could you do that for me?
Either you trust me too much
and ask for the support which you cannot get
from any other person,
or you're provoking me.
And if you're provoking me, our talk will go round the circle.
- Meaning? - We won't find a common language.
You'll remain a functionary, and l'll remain a person
who does his best not to become a functionary.
How can l convince you that it's not a provocation?
Look into my eyes.
Let's think that we have exchanged the credentials,
and the agreement is almost made.
Oh you steppe...
How vast you are,
How endless you are,
Oh, Mother-Volga,
How free you are.
This is Eismann speaking.
l need information concerning pastor Schlagg's behavior in prison:
his contacts, personality,
conversations with convicts, his interests.
l need all the details.
The answer, which was ready an hour later,
was absolutely unexpected.
Pastor Schlagg was released from prison in February 1945.
lt was impossible to understand if he had agreed to work on the SD
or his release was the consequence of some other reasons.
There was only Schellenberg's oral order.
There was only Schellenberg's oral order
to release the pastor and put him under Stirlitz' supervision.
- ls that all? - Almost.
There's one more thing.
After his release, a special agent from the 6th Dept. worked with Schlagg.
Where are his materials?
He was directly connected with Standartenfuhrer Stirlitz.
And no records left?
No records were kept in the interests of the operation.
Find that agent.
But only 3 people should know about it: you, me and him.
Screenplay by Yulian SEMYONOV
Directed by Tatiana LlOZNOVA
Cinematography by Pyotr KATAYEV
Production Designer Boris DULENKOV
Music by Mikael TARlVERDlYEV
English Subtitles by Barbara Eiler
End of Part 4