Many cooks do not spoil the broth

Melon radish from Iran, tuna with fennel and pear from Algeria, a carrot dessert from Nepal: these are all recipes from the "New Neighbors" cookbook. In it, refugee chefs present favorite dishes from their home countries.

The idea for this special cookbook came from a Berlin restaurant critic – and was put into practice by star chef Tony Hohfeld. By cooking various dishes together with seven refugee colleagues.

Interviewer:How did you find your multi-culti guest chefs in the first place??


History in stone

His tomb is by far the largest and most magnificent in Paderborn Cathedral: Dietrich von Furstenberg, prince bishop in Paderborn from 1586 to 1618. It shows the bishop wrapped in choir robes, kneeling in front of a cross. Behind him are shown the buildings he had erected, including his secondary residence: Wewelsburg Castle. 400 years ago, on 8. September 1609, he completed the construction with the consecration of the castle chapel.

Those were the days. Back then, when the bishops were princes at the same time and built themselves magnificent hunting castles. When they were able to remove unpleasant, i.e. Protestant, mayors from office – using rude methods such as the four-way split. And when they created monuments for themselves in their lifetime in the form of meter-high, figure-rich tombs. The castle served Dietrich as a courtly dwelling for hunting and fishing. For it he had connected three existing buildings. Because the nature of the rock dictated it, Germany's only triangular castle was thus built. The 400th anniversary is being celebrated this year with a program entitled "Cultural awakening to the present". The highlight on Sunday will be a museum festival in the style of the time when the monastery was built. Between construction and the anniversary lie four centuries that contain just about everything Westphalia's history has to offer in terms of highlights and tragedies: The 30-year war, looting, occupations, fire, reconstruction, secularization. At the beginning of the 20th century. In the 19th century, the castle came into the possession of the district of Buren, which set up a youth hostel there. For several years, the Wewelsburg became a meeting place for Catholic youth associations.

Cult site of the Naz Then the Nazis took a liking to it. The imposing castle, perched on the rocky promontory and visible from afar in the Paderborn countryside, was a fitting place for the SS, its chief Heinrich Himmler found. The National Socialists used the building as a place of worship and training. Himmler wanted to turn the castle into the representative and ideological headquarters of the SS order. The Wewelsburg and its immediate surroundings also became a concentration camp. At least 1.285 people died from the cruel living and working conditions as well as from mistreatment. In 1982, the district of Paderborn reappraised this part of the past in the form of a contemporary history documentation. When the millennial empire approached the abyss, Himmler had the castle blown up. Reconstruction lasted until the 1970s, and the debate about how to deal with the SS past lasted even longer. For decades, many people in Wewelsburg did not want to be reminded any more than was absolutely necessary that their village was the site of an SS cult and a concentration camp. Since 1982 there has been a documentation about the time from 1933 to 1945 in the former guardhouse of the SS. It is currently being remodeled and redesigned. German President Horst Kohler has registered to attend the reopening next year. The program offered at the castle especially for children includes the "Hingucker" project, in which elementary school students can practice moral courage.


“Participation must become a matter of course”

Hubert Huppe, the long-time spokesman on disability policy for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, is the new Federal Government Commissioner for the Disabled. Through his political commitment, Mr. Huppe, himself the father of a disabled son, has earned a reputation as a reliable advocate for people with disabilities. In an interview with the Catholic News Agency (KNA), he talks about the focus of his future work.

CBA: Mr. Huppe, what do you want to focus on in your new office??
Huppe: The focus will be on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Together with the people concerned, I would like to develop an action plan that ensures their participation in all areas of life. This extends from kindergarten to school to working life. In the upcoming reform of the social inclusion system, it is important that participation be understood as a human right and that the principle of care be replaced.
CBA: Germany is at the bottom of the EU in the joint education of disabled and non-disabled children. What do you want to do about it?
Huppe: School policy is a state matter. Nevertheless, the federal states are bound by the UN Convention, as is the federal government. They are committed to a speedy introduction of an inclusive school system. International, but also German examples show how well such joint teaching works and how everyone benefits from it. I will counteract reservations through education. I offer the countries support in the implementation process, but I will also remind them again and again. It would help if the private schools, especially the church schools, would take the lead in this area.
CBA: Unemployment among people with disabilities is sometimes twice as high as among the rest of the population. What efforts are needed here?
Huppe: There are numerous instruments and programs that should enable participation in working life regardless of the form of disability. Unfortunately, they are not sufficiently used, are often hardly known to employees, employers but also to consultants. Instead of complicated and expensive inclusion programs, I focus on sustainability and independence. I consider combi-wages and personal budgets for work to be suitable instruments. Overall, though, it's not just a financial ie; it's also about a societal shift in thinking. Participation of people with disabilities must become a matter of course. The interview was conducted by Karin Wollschlager.