The Süddeutsche Zeitung has run an extensive prelude to the rape trial of composer Hans-Jürgen von Bose which opens tomorrow. According to the paper, sexual exploitation was rife at the city’s music academy while Siegried Mauser was in charge.
There were reports in the Mauser trials about the climate that prevailed at the Musikhochschule for a long time. And it is still easy today to find contemporary witnesses reporting on it. For example, contests are said to have been the order of the day, as to which professor would be the first to “pop” a new student. As for Hans-Jürgen von Bose, there are accounts of how openly he is supposed to have dealt with issues such as bisexuality or affairs. In an interview with the news magazine ‘Spiegel’ (May 2018), Bose said he was constantly looking for a kick – whether driving a car or in bed . . .
“The accusations against Bose are by Helena P. (name changed), the sister of a student who studied with Bose. She was 22, he was 53. They are said to have fallen in love and had a relationship from November 2006 to the summer of 2007. Hans-Jürgen von Bose is said to have demanded that she make a promise to experiment sexually and to have expected her to visit a swingers club, for example. The prosecution accuses Bose of having created a climate of fear and hopelessness in the relationship. A gun is said to have been lying next to the bed, Bose had become increasingly uncontrolled and aggressive, threatening to ruin her career and that of her brother if she did not obey. Drugs and medications were lying around in the house.
“The public prosecutor’s office has filed three counts of rape committed by Bose in the relationship. It is said that litigation has been unsuccessful for days because of the unsuccessful acquiring of sexual partners or the like. Helena P. was allegedly not allowed to leave the bedroom, was subjected to sleep deprivation, was given drugs by Bose, and was not allowed to eat or drink. He is accused of abusing her weakened condition and to have raped her in her sleep . . . ”