TENKIL MUSEUM GERMANY KASSEL EXHIBITION
The Tenkil Museum held its fourth event in Kassel, Germany. The exhibition remained open between 13-15 December 2019 at Kassel Südflügel KulturBahnhof. The victims and the relatives of the victims and those who died talked about the torture victims faced in the prisons of Turkey. They also delivered a speech on the difficulties they experienced crossing the Evros and the Aegean, and the troubles they went through in the foreign countries.
THE EXHIBITION THAT CAUSES LOSS OF BREATH
A conference was held before the Tenkil Museum’s exhibition in Kassel. Numerous prominent figures attended the opening where German and Turkish citizens were also present. Before the program, the participants visited the museum and received information about the incidents both, in Turkish and German.
Mehmet Ali Uludağ, the first speaker of the opening conference, could not finish his speech. Uludağ’s children were also in the hall while he was delivering his speech. Their tears forced him to cut his talk short.
AKÇABAY WHO LOST HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN: THE UNLAWFULNESS WILL END ONE DAY
Akçabay family was one of the symbols of the persecutions faced in Turkey. Murat Akçabay, who attended the opening conference of the Tenkil Museum exhibition in Kassel, Germany, had to pause his speech from time to time. Murat Akçabay, who lost his three children and his wife in river Evros, said, “It will never be the same for me, but this unlawfulness will end. I hope everybody shows the necessary reaction on behalf of humanity while experiencing lawlessness.”
HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER RATGEBER: PERSECUTION DOES NOT PERSIST…
Human Rights Lawyer Dr. Theodor Ratgeber also gave a speech at the opening. Political scientist, lawyer and United Nations Human Rights activist Dr. Theodor Rathgeber emphasized the human rights violations in Turkey and said, ” There is a hope that the situation in Turkey will change and persecution does not persist.” The well-known lawyer also shared an important detail about the Tenkil Museum, by referring to the model representing the imprisoned babies, placed at the entrance of the exhibition and saying, “This is sufficient to reveal the severity of the case.”
Journalist Yüksel Durgut also spoke about the current situation in Turkey. While Durgut was in Silivri Prison, he had had by-pass surgery. After undergoing this heavy heart surgery, he was held in a prison ward for three days and his medical dressings were not renewed. Then, he was sent to Silivri again under the summer heat, in a prison vehicle that lacked air conditioning with his hands cuffed. Durgut told the German guests about the declining levels of freedom in Turkey and stated that the first thing he did when he stepped on Greece was to delete the VPN from his phone. Because freedom for the journalists in the country of bans was whatever they could reach through a VPN.
The Vice President of the Vera Kassel Association that organized this event, Ahmet Durgut, also pointed out the importance of the exhibition and said the following: “We started the Tenkil Museum in one of the most important halls of Kessel for 3 days intending to raise awareness about the genocide period in Turkey. Many people attended the program, especially the participation of our local friends cheered us a lot. Our participating local friends said that they could not keep their tears because they were highly touched by the program and the exhibition.”