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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

  • 60 years Almanya

    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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  • 60 years Almanya

    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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  • 60 years Almanya

    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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  • Photo: Onur Dülger/DOMiD-Archiv, Cologne

    News, Exhibition, 60 years Almanya

    Exhibition at Museum Ludwig – "In Situ: Photo Stories on Migration"

    19 June 2021 – 03 October 2021

    In cooperation with DOMiD, Museum Ludwig is showing an exhibition of photographs from the Rhineland in the post-war period. The focus is on migrant workers.

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  • Photo: Guenay Ulutuncok / DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

    News, Call for Participation, 60 years Almanya

    Literature Competition on Migration: New Hopes

    01 March 2021 – 30 June 2021

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the recruitment agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Turkey. On the occasion of the anniversary, stories and poems can now be submitted as part of a literary competition.

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