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‘Going back is so foreign – I speak Polish with a German accent’

5 Nov 2010, 09:15

Published: 05 Nov 2010 09:15 GMT+01:00

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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.

Goska Soluch

Krapkowice, Poland

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After growing up in a provincial town under communism, educator Goska Soluch was determined to spend her adulthood in a tolerant metropolis.

Soluch was raised in Krapkowice, which had “20,000 people, two factories and two churches.” She has lived in Germany for over 10 years and currently works as a freelance educator. She leads workshops for teachers and specializes in tolerance issues, such as combating racism and homophobia in schools.

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19:16 November 5, 2010 by queen1976
this article is very inspiring for me as i want to relocate to germany myself.

i am hoping to rent somewhere in nord-rhine westfalia but i really love berlin for the same reasons as Goska.

i was born and raised in the united kingdom but i feel like its time for a change and as i have family in germany i have always travelled there, and now i am hooked.

well done to you Goska.
14:35 November 10, 2010 by TurboDirectInjectionDiesel
Dear Gosia,

You're a shame to Poland if you speak Polish with a German accent.

Have you yielded to the process of germanization?

Our forefathers fought and lost their precious lives to enable us to speak the Mother Tongue without restraint. And now you have willingly given up to the process of accent acquisition.

Please, stop talking about Polish madness because you're attributing it to yourself. It sounds as if you're trying to compensate for your unstable identity.

Don't forget your roots.

I'm tellin' ya.
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