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"History repeats itself, the war will soon begin"
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23rd-Jul-2016 11:46 am
Black suits comin'
Ein netter Aspekt über die "Wiedervereinigung", den man wissen sollte: Abschlüsse, die nicht anerkannt werden, Geburtsurkunden, die nicht anerkannt werden - nur, weil dort ein Stempel mit Hammer, Zirkel und Ährenkranz drauf ist. Als hätten es sich die Leute aussuchen können, in welchem von beiden Staaten sie geboren werden.
Da weiß man schon gleich, dass man nur annektiert wurde.

A nice aspect about the German reunification that everyone should know: Graduations and degrees that don't get acknowledged, birth certificates that don't get acknowledged - only because there's a stamp depicturing hammer, dividers and garland of corn* on it. (*Note: It seems like there's no proper translation for "Hammer, Zirkel und Ährenkranz", so I took it word by word. As such it means the symbol in the flag of the GDR that distinguished the black, yellow and red German flag of that German state from the flag of West Germany, which can be found in the same colors, but blank in that middle space or with the black federal eagle instead.)
As if the people could have chosen which one of both states they were born in.
Such aspects let you know right away that haven't been reunified, but you have been annexed.
24th-Jul-2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
Aren't you so young that this wouldn't effect you though? You said you're the youngest on quirkytizzy's board.

I've seen some people in San Francisco that had certifications that were Canadian or something and were denied things. I was probably turned down to grad school because I only applied to San Francisco State around 2000 and there was the first tech boom in Silicon Valley, so a bunch of people with English major wanted to get Masters in the same field I did and they wanted to just be able to apply to tech companies as someone who had their masters and I wanted to be a professor. So, there were hundreds of applications and the ambitious people that wanted the most money had better applications than I did even though I knew more about literature than they did.
24th-Jul-2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
Doesn't matter if it affects me or not. It affects all people in the East which are older than 26 - and that's quite a bunch. And not only that, it also affects all people who married in GDR times, who got qualification certificates then, all people which had been born then and want to marry nowadays.
If you live in the East these days, you got the lesser amount of problems as they are somehow accepted there (only case where it's not I heard is when you want to get married these days, but your birth certificate is from GDR times, you need to get a certificate of ancestry then in the town where you were born in).
But, I even had teachers telling me that - if they graduated in the GDR, they can work in their jobs when they keep being in the East, Bavaria e. g. wouldn't accept them. They'd regard them as invalid.
So I have already heard enough stories of other people with lesser degrees where qualifications were not recognized in the West German system.

Nice reunification, isn't it?
25th-Jul-2016 03:47 am (UTC)
Why 26 years old? Didn't the reunification happen in 1989.
I agree that it doesn't matter if it effects you or not. I just thought maybe you had a Ph.D. or something that was invalidated.
25th-Jul-2016 06:30 am (UTC)
Because the GDR didn't end until 1990.
If you are born in 1989, even after the opening of the wall in Berlin, you still have one of the old birth certificates.
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