14.10.2022

Willy Brandt. Articles and Speeches in the Kyrgyz language

Highlights from the book's presentation

To mark 30 years of cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and Germany and as part of the “Lives of Remarkable People” book series, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in the KR with the support of the Roza Otunbayeva Initiative International Public Foundation published Willy Brandt's selected speeches and articles in the Kyrgyz language

The purpose of the book is to popularize world political literature, to familiarize readers with the life and work of the outstanding German politician and social democrat Willy Brandt, as well as to expand the political experience and vocabulary of readers.

On September 21, a book presentation was held at the National Museum of History. Representatives of the Kyrgyz government, state and international organizations, embassies, deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh, representatives of academic organizations, development institutes, and non-governmental organizations attended the event.

At the opening of the event, German Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Dr. Gabriela Guellil noted that perhaps the publication of this book will give new insights to politicians working in Kyrgyzstan.

Philipp C. Jahn, Regional Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation's office in the KR, referring to important events in the life of Willy Brandt, noted that every decision made by this politician has remained in history. "I would like to note that Willy Brandt's message 'Dare more democracy’ has been a valuable guide for our foundation and other organizations," said Philipp C. Jahn.

Omurbek Tekebaev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany, noted that Willy Brandt was a son of the party and that Social Democracy was strengthened by his blood and soul. "Social Democracy has replaced both his father and mother. Willy Brandt showed that it is not only a party, but also a political and spiritual movement, Social Democracy is an alternative for the future world," said Omurbek Tekebaev.

The book has been written/translated for political scientists, historians, doctoral and master's students, as well as for the wider audience.

  • The book's translator: Emilbek Kaptagaev, a public figure with significant experience in public administration
  • The author of the foreword: Roza Otunbayeva
  • Cover illustrator: Tatiana Zelenskaya
  • Project coordinator: Ilias Satybaldiyev

Along with the book presentation, an exhibition "Life for Freedom, Peace and Reconciliation of Nations" was prepared, where participants could learn about Brandt's political thinking and work through illustrations based on 10 historical places and events from his life.  

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Kyrgyzstan

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