Keyvan Dahesch (born December 26, 1941 in Tehran , Iran ; † January 1, 2018 in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe , Germany ) was a visually impaired German journalist , ombudsman and press spokesman for the Hessian State Office for Welfare and Social Services of Iranian origin. He was best known for his committed advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities .
Keyvan Dahesch was blind from birth. Since there were no schools for the visually impaired in Tehran, Dahesch first attended a regular school. In 1957 he switched to the blind school of the Christoffel Blind Mission in Isfahan .
His father brought him to Germany in 1958 in the hope that German doctors could help him. However, hope was dashed; At the age of 16, Dahesch stayed alone in Germany, where he attended the St. Nicholas Care School for the blind in Stuttgart for a year and a half before completing an apprenticeship as a state-certified masseur and medical bath attendant at the Friedrichsheim University Orthopedic Clinic in Frankfurt am Main from 1960 to 1961 . In the period from 1961 to 1971 he completed internships and practiced his profession in various clinics and sanatoriums.
On December 14, 1966, he married his wife Anni, née Westerweller (1936–2016), who was born in Bad Vilbel and who was also visually impaired and - like her husband - distinguished herself through great voluntary social engagement . Professionally, she worked from July 1, 1956 to December 31, 1996 as a secretary at a bank in Frankfurt am Main . Since 1994 she has been an honorary judge at the social court in Frankfurt. For her services she received the silver badge of honor of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband in 1993, the Federal Medal of Merit in 2002 and in 2008 the letter of honor from the State of Hesse.
In 1970 Keyvan Dahesch became a German citizen. In 1971 he received a scholarship from the German Federation of Trade Unions , which enabled him to study economics , sociology and labor law at the Academy of Labor at Goethe University . During his studies, Dahesch became interested in journalism . After completing his studies, he completed an apprenticeship for the administrative career of the higher service at the Hessian State Office for Supply and Social Affairs, where he worked as an ombudsman and press spokesman from 1975 to 2002 after passing the career test.
In his function, he had multiple contacts with the media, which supported his development as a freelance journalist. Dahesch's main topic was social and economic policy . His messages, reports and reports were found in the German press agency , in the Frankfurter Rundschau , Süddeutsche Zeitung , Die Zeit , Offenbach-Post , the Hessischer Rundfunk and the Deutschlandfunk . Among other things, Dahesch was a member of the Frankfurt Press Club and Reporters Without Borders . He often reported on the lives of disabled people and vehemently demanded equal rights for them in the spirit of advocacy journalism .
Anni and Keyvan Dahesch Foundation
On June 13, 2006, the couple established the non-profit Anni and Keyvan Dahesch Foundation based in Frankfurt, which was approved by the Darmstadt Regional Council on August 22, 2006 . The purpose of the foundation is to promote and support people who, due to their physical, mental or emotional state, are dependent on the help of others.
On December 3, 2006, which the United Nations proclaimed to be the annual "World Day of Disabled People" in 1993, the foundation was entered in the Golden Book of the City of Frankfurt am Main in the presence of Mayor Petra Roth in the Kaisersaal of Römer town hall.
Honorary positions and awards
Dahesch practiced numerous honorary positions , so it was about a volunteer since 1977 judge at the Social Court in Frankfurt am Main, from 1982 to 1992 Jury member of the federal decision in reading competition of the Association of German Book Trade in Frankfurt, since 1992 Sozialbeiratssmitglied the Hessian Radio and member of the SPD Parliamentary group of the 10th Federal Assembly on May 23, 1994 for the election of the Federal President on the proposal of numerous organizations for the disabled .
Due to his volunteer work and his journalistic work, Keyvan Dahesch received numerous awards, including:
- Honorary letter from the State of Hesse 1983
- Honorary plaque of the VdK Hessen in silver 1986
- Media award of the Federal Association of Independent Welfare Care 1986 and 1990
- Honor plaque of the city of Frankfurt am Main in 1988
- Golden badge of honor of the social association VdK Germany 1988
- Media award of the Federal Association for Living Aid for People with Mental Disabilities in 1988
- Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon 1990
- European medal of the VdK Germany 1992
- Silver badge of honor of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband 1993
- Golden plaque of honor of the Association of War Blind Germany (BKD) 1993
- Prize of the Frankfurt Press Club 1993
- Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class 1996
- Silver plaque of honor from the State Welfare Association of Hesse 1996
- Gold Medal of Honor from the Association of the Blind in Hesse 1997
- Golden badge of honor of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband 1999
- Silver honor goblet of the Bund der Kriegsblinden Deutschlands (BKD), next to the radio play award of the war blind the highest award of this German organization 1999
- Badge of honor of the Federal Working Group on Help for the Disabled (BAGH) - today: Federal Working Group SELF-HELP for people with disabilities and chronic illness and their relatives (BAG Self-Help) 1999
- Golden badge of honor of the Federal Association for Life Aid for People with Mental Disabilities 2002
- Gold plaque of honor of the State Welfare Association of Hesse 2004
- Badge of honor of the Social Association Germany (SoVD) 2006
- Certificate from the regional association of the German Red Cross in Hesse for the 150th blood donation (2012)
- Christian Mürner : Keyvan Dahesch - With Sensitivity - Biography of a Blind Man , AG SPAK Books, Neu-Ulm 2013, ISBN 978-3-940865-51-9 .
- Keyvan and Anni Dahesch's website
- "Untiringly committed", portrait at Verdi.de (2004)
- FEDERAL ARCHIVES - Central database discounts In: nachlassdatenbank.de . Retrieved on September 2, 2016 (information about the Keyvan Dahesch estate in the Frankfurt Institute for Urban History)
- Ottmar Miles-Paul: Mourning for Keyvan Dahesch . In: kobinet Nachrichten of January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018
- frankfurt-inklusiv.de: Anni Dahesch died shortly before her 80th birthday , on February 3, 2016. Retrieved on January 2, 2018
|German journalist of Iranian origin
|DATE OF BIRTH
|December 26, 1941
|PLACE OF BIRTH
|Tehran , Iran
|DATE OF DEATH
|1st January 2018
|Place of death
|Bad Homburg vor der Höhe