Keyvan Dahesh

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The Dahesch couple at the entry in the Golden Foundation Book of the City of Frankfurt am Main on December 3, 2006. Far left: Petra Roth , then mayor of the city

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.

Anni Dahesch (approx. 2005)

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 .

From 1973 to 2011 Keyvan Dahesch lived with his wife in Frankfurt-Bonames , after which the couple lived in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe .

Anni and Keyvan Dahesch Foundation

Logo of the Anni and Keyvan Dahesch Foundation
Description: The logo shows the skyline of Frankfurt am Main on a bridge with four pillars on one side and the further course of the bridge without houses. It is intended to express the foundation's intention to build a bridge between people with and without disabilities.

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 .

Keyvan Dahesch at his workplace

Due to his volunteer work and his journalistic work, Keyvan Dahesch received numerous awards, including:


Web links

Commons : Keyvan Dahesch  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ottmar Miles-Paul: Mourning for Keyvan Dahesch . In: kobinet Nachrichten of January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018
  2. Anni Dahesch died shortly before her 80th birthday , on February 3, 2016. Retrieved on January 2, 2018