Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Meet you in Deutz

Turks were, by far, not the first guest workers that German firms recruited. In the 1950s and 1960s, laborers from Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain preceded them. The website Angekommen (The Arrivals) offers an oral history of the immigrants who came to work in German factories and mines. One side looks at the Italians who worked in the mines in the Ruhr Valley. The other part looks at the voyages of Portuguese and Spanish citizens as they were recruited and processed and home, and sent by trains to the train station in Deutz (Cologne's right bank). Armando Rodrigues de Sá, who left Canas de Senhorim, Portugal to become the 1 millionth guestworker to arrive in Germany. He was awarded a moped.


At 12:06 PM, Blogger Astérix said...

I was unaware of these sites, very interesting.
Portuguese migrations of century XX are very interesting to study.
[and some times Astérix...]


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