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60 years Almanya – Migration from Turkey

Merhaba Alamanya!

It has been 60 years since the recruitment agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Turkey was passed. To this day, such agreements continue to shape society and shape people: piece by piece.

We look back:

60 years ago, many so-called guest workers set off for Germany at Istanbul's Sirkeci train station. Their feelings were characterized by sadness, ignorance, but also hope. The three-day train ride led to a foreign country - to Germany. The people were often not prepared. Their suitcases contained only the most essential items: photos of loved ones or even everyday objects that they could not leave behind.

The arrival in Germany was not easy. Most of the people did not know the language, the culture and the country. Society was foreign to them at first. But that was to change: Then called "guest workers," they are now citizens of this country.

What moments have shaped 60 years of Almanya? What do people with a family history or their own migration history think about the recruitment agreement? DOMiD has documented these and other questions as part of the project 60 Years of Almanya. Diverse insights can be gained on doeser page through interviews, picture galleries and event information.

60 Years of Shared History - Insights from Interviews with Persons with Turkish Migration History

Documentation on the history of DOMiD

A contribution by Banu Güven, WDR Cosmo.

Events in the framework of "60 years of Almanya

  • Photo: Landtag NRW/Bernd Schälte

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    Ceremony in the NRW State Parliament: 60 Years of the German-Turkish Recruitment Agreement

    03 December 2021 – 17 December 2021

    On the occasion of the anniversary of the German-Turkish recruitment agreement, the Landtag NRW is showing two of our exhibitions, which were opened at a ceremony on 3.12.2021.

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    Arrival: A conversation between generations

    29 October 2021

    "Arrival. A conversation between generations" is a cooperative event between DOMiD and Deutsches Auswandererhaus: Young people ask questions, contemporary witnesses report.

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  • Photo: Andreas Schwarz

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    Federal President visits DOMiD exhibition

    05 October 2021

    The Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the exhibition "Much experienced, much accomplished... much to do! - Stories from the migration society".

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    Cologne celebrates the anniversary: 60 years of the German-Turkish recruitment agreement

    26 October 2021 – 30 October 2021

    The city of Cologne celebrates the 60th anniversary of the German-Turkish recruitment agreement with a ceremony (in cooperation with DOMiD) and numerous events throughout the city.

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    Film & Talk: Platform 11

    28 October 2021

    As part of Cologne's anniversary week marking the 60th anniversary of the recruitment agreement with Turkey, the film "Gleis 11" (D/2021, 67') by director Çaǧdaş Yüksel will be shown at the Museum Ludwig cinema on Oct. 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

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    German songs with Nedim Hazar – Almanya Türküleri

    23 October 2021

    Musical contributions with Nedim Hazar at the Zeche Zollverein, where contributions of migrants from Turkey are played.

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    Symposium: 60 Years of Turkish Migration History in Germany

    28 October 2021

    In the context of "60 years - Merhaba", scientists, politicians, practitioners and intergenerational personalities from the community will come together in a symposium on October 28.

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    Series of talks: Institutional view on memory work and the visualization of migration history

    12 October 2021

    As part of the exhibition "We are from here. Turkish-German Life 1990", a series of discussions will take place. On 12.10. DOMiD Managing Director Dr. Robert Fuchs will join the discussion on the podium.

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    Film series: Cologne on film

    22 September 2021 – 13 October 2021

    The film series "Cologne on Film" examines Germany as a country of immigration from various perspectives.

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    Fil series: The invitees

    30 September 2021 – 08 October 2021

    On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the German-Turkish recruitment agreement, the film series "The Invited" by bi'bak_berlin will take place in cooperation with DOMiD.

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