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Sarrazin's wife says she was bullied as teacher

The Local · 1 May 2012, 23:43

Published: 01 May 2012 12:21 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 May 2012 23:43 GMT+02:00

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Ursula Sarrazin, whose husband Thilo wrote “Germany Abolishes Itself”, has penned what is likely to be another controversial book: “Witch Hunt – My Time as a Teacher in Berlin” (“Hexenjagd - Mein Schuldienst in Berlin”).

The 60-year-old wife of Berlin’s former state finance minister and best selling author, has written a book which describes her as a victim of bullying, according to the Berliner Zeitung in an article published Tuesday.

Sarrazin says she was bullied by many parents after she started teaching at the Reinhold-Otto-Elementary School in Berlin’s West End neighbourhood. She had previously taught at a number of different schools.

But the paper said parents accused Sarrazin of “personally defaming” their children and of screaming at them. A number of parents complained about her, but the most complaints came from parents with a Turkish background, the paper wrote.

Students were called “poor victims” or “parasites” parents said. Parents at many other schools where Sarrazin taught also complained about her, the paper wrote.

Her husband’s book derided immigrants for being a drag on German society and costing the country too much money.

Mrs. Sarrazin has rejected all criticisms and filed a complaint against the director of the Reinhold-Otto-School and also one against Berlin’s education administration, for reportedly taking too long to deal with the complaints.

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The paper wrote that she has taken a leave of absence and will be eligible for a reduced pension when she turns 63. But the cut in pension pay shouldn’t affect the Sarrazins much, as her husband Thilo has a nice financial cushion from his best selling controversial book, the paper wrote.

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14:56 May 1, 2012 by GolfAlphaYankee
why I am not surprised that the wife of a racist and xenophobic peace of .... turns out to be just like him. the French would say : qui s'assemble se ressemble !!!
22:04 May 1, 2012 by crm114
some may say je déteste ce que vous écrivez, mais je donnerai ma vie pour que vous puissiez continuer à écrire.
01:10 May 2, 2012 by AClassicRed
The thing I really wish that articles, politicians or anyone else stating such things would actually make clear on, with so many priding themselves of honesty and frankness: when they say "immigrants for being a drag on German society" DEFINE immigrant or are they just lumping all as a whole? Yes it might have been in that book they are making the quote specific, but its many others politicans and articles which say the same: yet when it comes down to it, such as this, they are primarily attributing negative "multiculturalism" to certain groups.

Like any society, there are inherent negatives and some positives to multiculturism, but as an "immigrant" though intregrated in German society, speak the language and really enjoy German society as a whole, I get tired of also being included in this "wholesale" label.

Specifically on this article, this is just another example of excuse making, trying to give a reason and cause and extra fire for right conservatives to down all immigrants. To Sarrazin and those like them, or even Germany at large need to go case-by-case with immigrants. I am an educated professional with years of experience, in good health yet I am allowed a very limited visa and cannot "work" in general.

Over the past decade or so, I've given many thousands of euro into the system through living, that since I am not on any social welfare (nor would be) is just given to the country. I don't lament it, but I still get told, my 26 y.o.'s at the Ausländerbehorde: "you cannot work. you can only use your own funds to prove to Germany you can be here..." And I've been doing that 9 years. Yet you have some immigrants come in, have little or no education, won't or don't want to integrate, keep having baby after baby who are insular in their culture but they are given longer visas and helped in every way.

In this Germany makes their own problems with basically having an "anyone from certain countries will give all help. some from other countries: sorry, we won't, we'll just bleed you dry." I can see some parts of what Sarrazin and others may complain of but they need to differentiate and not stereotype all immigrants. Some of the "good" immigrants who really want to build a new life in Germany or at least stay and learn for a while are being forced to other places.
08:40 May 2, 2012 by catjones
I have a Rule: I never read comments that are longer than the article.
17:35 May 3, 2012 by MaKo
Takes one to marry one?
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