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‘I’m Russian, my husband Turkish, my daughter Irish - we married in Denmark’

29 Oct 2010, 12:36

Published: 29 Oct 2010 12:36 GMT+02:00

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Berlin has long been a magnet for outsiders, from provincial Prussians centuries ago to Brooklyn hipsters today. Strangers at first, these newcomers eventually make the city their own and reshape its social fabric.

This process continued even while Berlin was divided during the Cold War, but 20 years after reunification, the German capital has become an increasingly attractive destination for foreigners hoping to start a new life.

Julia Lipkins’ multimedia project for The Local lets these new Berliners tell their own stories.

Angie Eren

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Click here for Angie Eren’s story.

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Angie Eren, a tutor and translator, speaks Russian to her Irish-born daughter, German to her Turkish husband and French to many of her students.

Eren says teaching runs in the family, as both her mother and grandmother were also educators. She is fluent in Russian, French and German, and is currently studying English. Eren is also a guitarist and songwriter, and often plays for charity events throughout the city.

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19:41 October 29, 2010 by mixxim
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22:02 October 29, 2010 by BR549
I think "The Local" has run the immigrant topic to death. The bottom line is that all these articles speak in generality. Some immigrants (like myself) have integrated in Germany 100%. Others, little to nothing. Who cares? That is the way it is, in all countries that deal with immigration. Some immigrants will commit, some won't. That is life. Quit making an issue of it, entice immigrants to DESIRE to become a CITIZEN and move on.
13:00 October 31, 2010 by kamikaze101
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16:50 November 1, 2010 by hOU
I've been puzzling how a Russian and Turk could produce an Irish child for some time....
09:04 November 2, 2010 by Portnoy
@hOU: "Irish-born". She was born in Ireland.
05:01 November 18, 2010 by wouldlike2comeback
Hello Berliner's...As an American Jew, I would like to say to you all, that personally I would like to come back to my family's orgin homestead, when they lived in Berlin for CENTURIES, before our family had to flee. But I am not so sure where our families old house is anymore...And life in the USA as an American Jew is lacking something here. And if any of you would like to coorespond with me feel free to do so. AmyMarkell@gmail.com
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