I am from Bavaria, so Germany didn’t seem so far (laughs – ed.). No, it’s just the fact that I am from here, so I know a lot of stuff you practically can’t know as a foreigner. For example: In 1998 1. FC Kaiserslautern won the Bundesliga, after qualifying for it the year before, no team has ever done that before or after. I can remember that being a big thing when I was a child, if you didn’t grow up here it is pretty though to come up with something like that.
How was the idea of The Dscherman born?
I have a pretty international circle of friends, from Iran to Malawi, from the United States to Russia. When we are hanging out, you always come up with stuff like: “Did you know if Germans say 1 – A, they mean that something went really well?” All the stuff that seems so clear for a German, but for others it might be something completely new. So I figured: Why not packing it all in a Twitter-Account and see how many people would like it… and so far a lot of people seem to like it.
Website: Oh, yeah, the website (laughs – ed.). To be honest, when I started I had thousands of ideas, and I figured the content would be enough to fill a magazine-like website. As it turned out, it was more time consuming that I thought, so I stopped the “project website”. But it is funny that you’re asking, because I just started to plan a new concept for it, unfortunately it is to early to talk about it now. But I´ll keep you updated!
How many people are working on the Dscherman?
Right now, it is mainly me working on it, but I constantly get help from befriended journalists. For example, Ida Reihani, a journalist from Iran, did a movie-review of “Wo ist Fred?”, a movie from the time when Till Schweiger was more laughing about himself than others about him. The problem is again time. I would like to do more, but at the moment I rather want to do one good Twitter Channel than a half-baked website, Youtube-Account and so on…
Why do you think our readers should look at your Twitter channel?
To have fun! That is my priority number one. Of course, first and foremost I want to present people things that amaze them. Why are there no shops open on Sunday? Why do people pay taxes for being catholic or protestant? Why is “New Year” not called “New Year” in Germany? That doesn’t mean though that I only want to show the bright Germany. In times when some Germans are burning down refugee homes or women getting raped in Cologne, I also want to communicate that.
I think it’s also something that defines us as Germans, that we are not trying to cover up the bad sides of our country.
Anything else you wish to add?
Yes, tell your readers to come over (laughs – ed.)! Thank you for having me!