Kurds Be­come Cre­ative in Ger­many

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

When talk­ing about the Kurds abroad, in Europe and es­pe­cially in Ger­many, we should men­tion that at the pe­riod of the na­tional awak­en­ing, the Kurds are be­com­ing pro­duc­tive in hu­man­i­tar­ian, eco­nom­i­cal, in­tel­lec­tual and cul­tural fields, adding to the cre­ation of the na­tional sense and ref­or­ma­tion of the Kur­dish per­son­al­ity.

Kurds have been liv­ing in Ger­man for about 400 years. The vast ma­jor­ity of them have come to work, but the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion is lit­er­ate, in­tel­lec­tual and po­lit­i­cally ac­tive.

Kur­dish-Ger­man Friend­ship As­sem­bly was founded in 1992 by a Kurd, Fatah Timar, and six friends-ofKurds Ger­mans. The group is still work­ing to­gether. The As­sem­bly, as the Kur­dish mem­ber says, used to con­sist of only 60 people, but it has de­vel­oped and ex­tended. It pro­vides con­sul­ta­tion for the Ger­manKurds. It helps the Kur­dish Di­as­pora and pre­sents them with in­for­ma­tion about life and cul­ture in Ger­many.

Fatah Timar who is the founder of Kur­dish-Ger­man Friend­ship As­sem­bly, is orig­i­nally from Sarhad area of North­ern Kur­dis­tan. He moved to Ger­many in 1980 and stud­ied po­lit­i­cal sci­ence. He has three chil­dren who are study­ing at univer­sity. He has taught the Kur­dish lan­guage in two Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties Essen 1985 – 1992 and Dort­mund 2004-2006. Now he gives lec­tures about the Kur­dish lan­guage in the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment in Dosin Dlof Re­gion.

He told The Kur­dish Globe that they con­stantly work to pro­vide sup­port to the Kur­dish par­ents so as to eas­ily as­sim­i­late them in the Ger­man so­ci­ety; they also give the par­ents ad­vice about par­ent­ing .“We held a con­fer­ence about the Kur­dish re­li­gious groups (Ezidis, Is­lam and Alawis). We tried to talk about the main re­li­gious com­po­nents of the Kur­dish so­ci­ety and their life­style,” he said.

The As­sem­bly strives to es­tab­lish a Kur­dish Com- mu­nity, “We are a trusted com­mu­nity in Ger­many. We or­ga­nize Newroz cel­e­bra­tions for the Kurds and Ger­mans ev­ery year, which is an op­por­tu­nity to get to know one an­other fur­ther and im­prove the re­la­tions be­tween the Kurds and Ger­mans,” Timar says. The Govern­ment of­fi­cials, the MPs and the Kur­dish-friend per­son­al­i­ties and mem­bers of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties par­tic­i­pate in the cel­e­bra­tions.

Fatah Timar also re­marks that they have a large ar­chive of doc­u­ment preser­va­tion in the Kur­dish and Ger­man lan­guages, which can be used as im­por­tant sources for re­searches to the new Kur­dish gen­er­a­tion. “Through the As­sem­bly, we play drama and stage cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties for the Kur­dish chil­dren. These have ac­tu­ally laid the foun­da­tion to take the Ger­man-Kur­dish in­di­vid­ual into the right and suit­able di­rec­tion,” he claimed.

We men­tioned in the be­gin­ning that the Kur­dish ques­tion, the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tional sense and pride and the pros­per­ity of the Kur­dish in­di­vid­ual are con­sid­er­able is­sues within the Kur­dish Di­as­pora in Ger­many. Mean­while, there are some cre­ative people who lately have emerged. Many Kurds have re­turned to Kur­dis­tan and tried to per­ceive the growth and the de­vel­op­ment of Kur­dis­tan and take ad­van­tage of this con­sid­er­able de­vel­op­ment to en­hance the spirit of ‘Kur­dis­tan­hood’ among the Kurds abroad. Fatah Timar has an­other opin­ion though, he says that ev­ery­thing in­side us was for Kur­dis­tan at first, but now we want to be part of the Ger­man so­ci­ety. “Our main prob­lem is that ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party works for its own in­ter­est, which is not good. So we strive to achieve the Kurds’ rights in Ger­many,” Timar ar­gues. He added that the Kurds have come to Ger­many al­ready in the six­ties; they were farm­ers and la­bor­ers at first. They set­tled in some large cities of Ger­many. Now people from all parts of Kur­dis­tan have also ar­rived in Ger­many. Some of them are well-ed­u­cated, young, and po­lit­i­cally aware and know what they try to achieve.

Re­gard­ing his visit to Kur­dis­tan, Timar told The Kur­dish Globe that his pur­pose of the visit is de­vel­op­ing the Kur­dish-Ger­man re­la­tions. “Through Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment, we want to de­sign a Kur­dish cur­ricu­lum for Ger­man Kurds, this is the main pur­pose be­hind my visit,” re­marked Timar.

As we per­ceived, the Kur­dish-Ger­man- Friend­ship As­sem­bly seems to strive to ex­change the cul­ture and tra­di­tion be­tween the Kur­dish na­tion and Ger­many. The Head of the As­sem­bly hopes that the Kurds can de­velop their per­son­al­ity and their Kur­dish char­ac­ter­is­tics, en­joy their rights as Kur­dish in­di­vid­u­als in Ger­many; the Kur­dish moth­ers can help their chil­dren and raise their le­gal and so­cial aware­ness. Ed­u­ca­tion is one of the cor­ner­stones of this pros­per­ity that the Kur­dish in­di­vid­u­als should try to re­al­ize in their new coun­try, Ger­many.

Fatah Timar who is the founder of Kur­dish-Ger­man Friend­ship As­sem­bly.

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