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HOW TURKISH-GERMANS & TURKS IN GERMANY SEE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION--Review of a Recent Poll

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HOW TURKISH-GERMANS & TURKS IN GERMANY SEE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION--Review of a Recent Poll

By Kevin Stoda, Wiesbaden, Germany

Almost a week before international Holocaust Recognition Day (today January 27), the German newspaper, DIE ZEIT, ran a three article series on how Turkish Germans and Turkish peoples in Germany see the Holocaust and Holocaust education in Germany. One of the articles included a lengthy review of an opinion poll exclusively of Turkish Germans and Turkish peoples in Germany.

This article was called "Was geht uns das an?" ("How does that [the Holocaust] relate to Us?") and was found in the hard copy of DIE ZEIT on the 21st of January 2010. Interestingly, the online version of a similar article from that same date is

http://www.zeit.de/2010/04/Editorial-Umfrage

entitled "Divided Memory: German-Turks and the Holocaust" ("Geteilte Erinnerung: Deutschtuerken und der Holokaust")

What is interesting to me in reading both stories is that DIE ZEIT editors who had produced the poll, which was carried out in German schools and at actual Holocaust sites in Germany over this past year, had had a pre-poll hypothesis that German-Turks or Turkish-Germans would think and respond in their replies statistically differently than the masses of the German population might. Considering that Turkish peoples have made up the largest non-ethnic-German population in the Federal Republic of Germany for most of my entire life (more than 4 decades), I was very surprised that this had been DIE ZEIT writers' and editors' expectations for their German cohabitants in Europe: i.e. the Turks.

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