Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Turks, it seems, are especially sensitive to historical truths that conflict with their warped worldview. Recently I posted a story about the content of courses in Viennese schools being adapted to accommodate the Turkish nationalist sensitivities of the children of Turkish colonists. Now, in Germany, we see an even more grotesque example of it, in this case with official involvement from the Turkish government.
Conveying a love of country or stirring up chauvinism? A fierce dispute has broken out around this question in connection with Turkish tuition in the schools of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). The accusation that Turkish diplomatic posts see themselves as a “parallel oversight authority” in the German education system is now also being heard.

A four-volume series of language textbooks, which was given to German schools free of charge by Turkish consulates, has become a bone of contention for the teachers’ trade union GEW. The books are nationalistic and falsify history, according to the teacher’s trade union GEW. The books printed by the Turkish Ministry of Education in Ankara are characterised by a factually very one-sided view of Turkey. Their 800 pages glorify Turkishness, the history of the Turkish republic and the Ottoman empire. They include lists of the conquests of Ottoman rulers and examples of the “mercifulness of the Turkish people”. What is actually missing however are the dark chapters of Turkish history. But the criticism of the GEW goes much further. It is not just that Turkish diplomatic offices are attempting to influence the education in German schools, but that they apparently see themselves as “parallel school oversight authorities”, according to a resolution passed by the NRW [North-Rhine Westphalia] trade union conference of the GEW.

…In fact the teacher’s trade union is not alone in its criticisms. The view of the Central Council of Armenians in Germany (ZAD) is that the books distributed by Turkish consulates are clearly nationalistic and convey a false view of history. Specifically, the ZAD chairman, Azat Ordukhanyan, references the representation of the Armenian Genocide of 1915/16 in one of the textbooks. “For many years Armenians and Turks lived together in peace. When the English and Russians incited the Armenians to weaken the Ottoman empire during the First World War, the Turkish army mobilised in eastern Anatolia and, as a result, the Armenians signed an agreement renouncing land in Anatolia,” according to the textbook. Not a word about massacres, death marches or the hundreds of thousands of victims of the genocide.

The textbooks distributed by the Turkish consulate, which appear to be in widespread use in the schools of North-Rhine Westphalia, are not the only sign of Ankara’s power of influence however. Although NRW trains its own Turkish teachers at the Institute for Turkish Studies at the University of Duisburg in Essen, as of yet these have not been enough. Of the 339 teachers who teach the subject Turkish, only slightly more than 150 were trained in NRW. The others primarily consist of so-called “consulate teachers”: teachers who received their training in Turkey and were sent by the Turkish consulate to provide tuition in German schools.

Islamic tuition, a pilot project of the red-green [tn: this means from a governing political coalition between the Socialist and Green parties] schools policy, will offer additional opportunities for NRW education policy to be influenced. In the Muslim council, which is to be closely involved with the educational offering, the state-controlled Turkish religious authority sits at the table via its subsidiary DITIB. What was constantly excluded by politicians before Islamic tuition was introduced, now seems to be becoming ever more of a reality: if teachers are actually only ready to cooperate generally with a mosque community, the council is now openly exerting pressure on applicants for teaching positions. In the course of the interview, membership in one of the four Muslim umbrella associations – including the Turkish DITIB – is now being required in an undisguised fashion.
Source: Preussische Allgemeine Via:

Some more extracts from the books from another article on the same topic:

"Happy is he who calls himself a Turk"

..."Our land is the pearl of the world!", it says on page 48 of the third volume.

Only eight pages later the "Mercifulness of the Turkish People" is described based on a fictional war story: a foreign soldier is fighting in Anatolia against the Ottomans and is seriously wounded. He is captured. But the Turks heal his wounds and let him go. Impressed by this "Turkish goodness" the enemy soldier has the Turkish flag tattooed on his arm...


Anonymous said...

The use of the term 'undisguised fashion' at the article's end is revealing (pun intended): it means that Moslems throughout Europe now believe they are in a position to steer, via schools, the islamisation of Europe's future Moslems. What historically was always difficult and in many cases, impossible to achieve through military means, is now being done through more seemingly 'peaceful' means of indoctrination of the young. It is also a way of denying to people their true history and therefore, their true identity. The Turkish government's contribution is tied in with the efforts by EU leaders and European governments which are providing far less medical and social care to the elderly, thus removing them sooner from the overall population, while the middle classes are being overtaxed, the lower classes most directly forced to live under Islam (i.e. rape jihad, islamic enclaves enforcing sharia law) and morality overall being denigrated (i.e. 'gay' marriage, pornography, paedophilia, drugs, alcohol). It is all a perfect 'tabula rasa' in which to both build a new world order and, also, to extend to a rootless continental population what would appear to be an outwardly more 'moral' "parallel system" of life and 'faith', as well as an ideology which appears to be 'proud' of its own (falsified) "history."

One point of Islamic tenet and law: Zakat ('charity), the annual, obligatory tax on all Moslems' incomes, is applied to several categories (listed in Koran 9:60). Two of these categories should be emphasised: one category of recipients is "Those who fight in the Cause of Allah" (Mujahideen, 'jihadists'). The other category is "da'wa"; this could broadly be characterised as for 'proselytising'. However, Islamic law elaborates on da'wa by saying that these Zakat funds may also be given to the 'heads of a people' whose own people are not presently Islamic, but who it may be presumed will eventually 'enter islam'. This is a form of bribery, and perhaps the teachers' union should investigate if monies have been paid to political or local councils to facilitate the presence of Turkish/Moslem/foreign bodies being involved in the educational curriculum.

Robin White said...

Such a shame, good for the Germans, hopefully they will not accept any Trojan Horses from the Turks. My great grandfather was thrown in jail by the Turks in 1914 and later murdered. His children somehow survived forced marches on foot to Syria. The Armenian genocide was real. It was a dark time, but it must be recorded properly in history. What the Turks want to do is rewrite history. Never let it be forgotten.



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