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Emilia Smechowski: "Wir Strebermigranten" - Reading and Panel Discussion

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Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

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Emilka was five years old when her parents put her and her little sister in the backseat and just took off: in 1988 her family fled from Poland to West-Berlin, leaving their home, friends, and relatives behind. Only one year later, Emilka was called Emilia, she had recieved a new name, a new home country, a new language: she was now a German. When her parents' new colleagues came over for dinner, they were not served pierrogi, but tomatos and mozzarella, and speaking Polish in public was no longer allowed. In 'Wir Strebermigranten', Emilia Smechowski tells her personal tale of the collective experience of Polish immigrants in Germany: a fascinating story of shame and fierce ambition, of liberation and self-assertion.

Emilia Smechowski (*1983 in Poland) is an author and free-lance journalist and lives in Berlin. In 2017, she won the German Journalist Award (Deutscher Reporterpreis) in the category free-lance reporting for her profile of the German politician Paul Ziemiak.

Emilia Smechowski will read from her book 'Wir Strebermigranten' (Hanser, 2017). The reading will be in German, followed by a panel discussion with Katarzyna Lanucha and Dr Yvonne Zivkovic, and Q&A in English. The event is part of the Cambridge Online Network, an online platform for all who are involved in promoting the study of German language and culture in the UK. There will be a special introduction for pupils led by Senior Language Teaching Officer Silke Mentchen before the reading, starting at 5:15 pm. If you wish to attend and receive an info pack, please contact the event organiser Dr Marie Kolkenbrock (mek32@cam.ac.uk) by 31 January.

The event is free, but booking is essential. If you have questions please contact the event organiser Dr Marie Kolkenbrock (mek32@cam.ac.uk).

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