Amidst Turkish-German row, increased focus on Ankara’s teachers

As a child, one German of Turkish descent recalls traipsing to his weekly Turkish classes, which, he says, tried to “inculcate” the pupils with the glory of the Turkish Republic and its fight against the evil West during the First World War.

He was one of thousands of children of Turkish – and indeed Portuguese, Serbian or Greek – descent whose parents opted to send them to free classes run by teachers sent and paid for by their respective countries of origin.

Those “Foreign Guest Workers” were a swell idea.

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