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This German Guy Tells His Family's Moving History To Show The World That Germans Were Refugees Too

"We Germans should know how quickly one's family can be affected."

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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.

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And they did.

UPDATE

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."

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Anna Aridzanjan ist Redakteurin bei BuzzFeed und lebt in Berlin.

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