Why would you flee

WAR - Where would you flee to?

War - where would you flee to?

The current political situation prompted the S2 theater course at the Helmut-Schmidt-Gymnasium under the direction of Hédi Bouden to ask itself this question. What would happen if the roles were reversed? If democracy had come to an end here in Germany, if things looked similar in neighboring countries? What if the Orient were the only refuge for us? This is how a scenario designed by Janne Teller describes it.

The stage is barren. In the background a construction fence, in the foreground many cuboids that become a wall, a cellar, a boat. People who can no longer stand it because they are politically persecuted, are sick, and see no future; who are on their way. “What would you take with you if you could only take one thing with you?” The question is moving: Is it the diary that documents my life or the ring that has been passed on by the women of my families for generations? Where should we go when nobody wants us? And what do we do there when we don't speak Arabic and have only always worked in the office?

The students play convincingly, a cold shower runs down the spine of the audience. A desperate mother seeks her son, unsuccessfully; the son of another family has to pull himself together in the refugee shelter in order not to get involved in a dispute, as this could result in the deportation of the entire family. The desperation is palpable. A group of refugees swears vengeance when disadvantage becomes too much. The volume increases and a small child in the audience starts crying. This reaction stirs - and reflects the whole piece. The students deserved the long applause.

Further information about the play, the production and the group can be found on the home page of the theater group.

The play is the prelude to an evening that deals with the topic of war. This is followed by a panel discussion that was thoroughly and thoughtfully prepared by Ms. Ashufta from the S4 PGW course. The students have grouped their questions into three blocks: war, flight and integration. Representatives of the parties and other participants who are interwoven with the refugee issue in different ways will discuss.

The discussion is moderated by three students who moderate the discussion with self-confidence and quick-wittedness. According to their sayings, the politicians often no longer know what to do.

In the “War” block, the students ask about Germany as arms exporter No. 5 and about the current Syrian conflict. There was partial agreement among those in the discussion, e.g. that arms deliveries do not help to combat the causes of war.

In the "Escape" block, the discussion is more controversial, especially when the communication of values ​​is mentioned. Are there any German values ​​at all? What do we have in common with a Pegida trailer from Saxony? Ms. Koy (FDP) Ms. Celikkol (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) define very similarly, even if one speaks of lived charity and the other of voluntary help. Mr. Yildiz (Die Linke) takes the opportunity to present the discussion of values ​​as an insult to the people who come here, as they also have values ​​that society should get to know.

In the “Integration” block, everyone again agrees that something needs to be done for social justice instead of talking about one another, in order to reduce fears and counteract a division in society. However, when it comes to concrete integration measures, some of which Mr. Weinreich (SPD) lists that are successful in Hamburg, some of the participants in the discussion disappointed. As a result, a highly emotional moment occurs: an Afghan refugee summons up his courage and tries to use his best English to convey his disappointment to the politicians. Because of a federal law, he does not get a language course because his country of origin is classified as "safe". The politicians do not know how to deal with this emotional situation, because in the debate about integration and language courses nobody responded to the perception of the "excluded".

Another highlight was the guest Daniel Abdin, chairman of the Al-Nour mosque and the SCHURA council. When talking about the settling in of the Muslim refugees, he made his opinion very clear: "The basic law is my Sharia." Counter-question with strong applause: “We now have two and a half thousand refugees in Wilhelmsburg, does anyone feel less safe here? No."

The students close the evening with a quote from Ernst Ferstl, which looks at both sides of the refugee question: “There are too many refugees, say the people. There are too few people, say the refugees. "

Nada Knani, Ruth Kullmann