Kurds Become Creative in Germany
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.