Different Countries,Same Difficulties

 

 

 

 

 

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Nakiye:What is your name?
Pina: My name is Pina.

Nakiye:How old are you?
Pina: I’m 74 years old.

Nakiye:Where did you come from Silute. Why?

Pina: I was born in Klaipeda. When the communists came to the country and the structure of the country changed,we started to live in Taunus. The host wanted 5000 Marks for the house we lived in but we had no money.A crisis broke out in Europe and we had troubles.I had to work although I was 6.

The reason of my coming to Silute was to collect money for disabled children from all around the world. I try to provide them medicine and clothes.So I don’t stay in Silute so much.I had been  a lot of places before.

 

Nakiye: Did you see the war closely?

Pina: Eventhough I was a child during the wartime, I can remember everything but what can a child understand from a war? There was shortage and poverty.We were eating and drinking with my grandmother and 30 children.

Nakiye: What was the importance of women in the war?Was it hard being a woman in the war?

Pina:The war was difficult for everybody.I started to cry when I heard the difficulties of war.Now,I cry when I remember those days.

Nakiye: What about the education in those years?

Pina: I started to school when I was 6. Education at school was according to SS education programme twice a week.We had courses according to seasons.Each term we chose different lessons.In Germany there was general logic “Girls get married.” But the girls had to work,too.

Nakiye: Can you compare today’s education  with past’s?

Pina: History,Religion,English,Math… Now, students learn all these subjects and they can also learn any foreign language they want.

Nakiye: Were  foreign languages being taught in the past?

Pina: Yes, I learnt Danish and English.

 

 

 

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Nakiye:What is your name?
Şaziye G.:My name is Şaziye GÜLBAHAR

Nakiye:How old are you?
Şaziye G.: I’m 74 years old.

Nakiye: Where did you come from Turkey?

Şaziye G.: My parents were from Syria but they had immigrated here because of the war before I was born.

Nakiye: Did you see the war closely?

Şaziye G.: They took only men to the war.Only women, children and  very old men stayed in our village.My family came here from Syria but when they heard that the enemies would occupy our village,half of the village ran away to the mountain, the other half ran away to the sea by leaving their animals and houses.

Nakiye: What was the importance of women in the war? Was it hard being a woman in the war?

Şaziye G.: We were defenseless because of their taking all the men to the war when mobilization was declared.The life was too hard.We lived rough, we hardly could find bread and water.We were so hungry that sometimes we were making food of grass.Pregnant women were giving birth in unhealty conditions like seaside , mountain or while running away from soldiers.We were digging shelters in order to hide from enemies.Shortly they were  really hard times.

Nakiye: What about the education in those years?

Şaziye G.: Only the people who had money  could  go to school in those years.There were a few classes and they were too crowded.Some of the students were listening to the lessons while they were standing.We were very poor , we had no money to go to school.I went to school only one day .Besides girls weren’t allowed to go to school.A girl who completed fifth grade was gotten married.We didn’t go to school, we walked to fields by walking 15 kilometers  to pick cotton.We turned back after we had filled sacks with cotton, even everywhere was mud.We mired up to our waist.

Nakiye:  Can you compare today’s education  with past’s?

Şaziye G.: Today’s youth is very lucky because we could hardly go to primary school in the past.Girls can go to school, too now.

Nakiye: Were  foreign languages being taught in the past?

Şaziye G.: I didn’ t go to school but my friends said that French and Turkish had been taught in schools.

 

 

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