This is Klaus Bardenhagen from Germany. He's a freelance journalist and is currently reporting from Taipei, Taiwan.
This week he took over the rotation curation account @I_amGermany to tweet about what Germany means to him.
On Wednesday Klaus decided to share his family's history, which is basically a refugee history.
First of all he tweeted a tl;dr version.
And he stated that his family history isn't unusual at all. In fact, millions of Germans were refugees during the 20th century.
Then he told his mother's family history. Her ancestors had to leave their hometown after WWI, because it had become Polish. After WWII the family had to flee again, this time from the Soviet sector in East Germany.
This is how the farm in Mecklenburg looks today.
His grandfather made the first move and left his family in the middle of the night on a bike.
He arrived in Berlin and planned to bring his family. But everything had to be kept top secret, of course.
After the family reunited, they lived in a big refugee shelter in West Berlin.
Eventually, they were provided with an apartment and could start living a "normal life".
Then Klaus Bardenhagen started writing about the history of his father's family.
After WWII they had to take refugee families from former East Germany on their farm.
Times were tough, and the refugees faced a lot of struggles whilst trying to be accepted.
Klaus states that all of this happened not so long ago. As it's part of the German identity, he cannot understand why so many Germans still don't "get the message" when it comes to the current refugee crisis.
All he asks for is some "old-fashioned fucking Anstand" (which means "decency" in German).
At the end he called on fellow Germans to share their story.
And they did.
Klaus Bardenhagen told BuzzFeed: "I'm currently on vacation in Germany, and with my mother I visited the farm that her family had to leave behind back then. While we were there, I asked her to tell me everything about it.
When I got the chance to tweet from the account @I_amGermany I was told: Why don't you say something personal about Germany? So I did.
I didn't aim to start a discussion on refugee politics in Germany. I just wanted to criticize the mentality to generally treat a big group of people as potential suspects.
It's worth asking your parents or grandparents about your family's history. And everyone should try to do it, while they can. I am convinced that ever only those who know the past can understand the present."
Anna Aridzanjan ist Redakteurin bei BuzzFeed und lebt in Berlin.
Contact Anna Aridzanjan at Anna.Aridzanjan@buzzfeed.com.
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