Away from Home: Norbert Kus

Away from Home: Norbert Kus

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Location

Havelock House, Holywood, Rudolf Steiner School

Year

1988

Date

Transmission 30/05/1988

Length

25min 33sec

Audio

sound

Format

1 inch

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Gerry Kelly presents this series which features an interview with various individuals who have immigrated to Northern Ireland.

This programme is focused on Norbert Kus, who grew up in Germany with a Polish father and German mother before moving to Northern Ireland 16 years ago. Kelly enquires about Norbert's childhood, were he confesses that he didn't have the easiest relationship with his father and simply "couldn't relate" to him. 

While still in school, Norbert moved into a close community and when jokingly asked whether if it was a "hippy commune... did you all have long hair and flower power?", he replies that though he did "have long hair and a beard... it was more a community of people wanting to live together and the base was a family who had four children of their own".

After beginning to learn the craft of pottery as an apprentice, Norbert started to question certain traits of the community he was living in and ended up leaving. He "personally objected to the injustices in the the world, especially in the third world and to any war" and so wanted to make some kind of difference. This is how he came to Northern Ireland, he lived in Glencraig in the Camphill community originally before ending up as a teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School in Holywood, Down. 

Norbert’s concluding thought is that it is not up to him to change people "that's what one realises as he gets older". 


Notes

“Camphill Communities in Northern Ireland provide opportunities for adults and children with different abilities, including those with learning and physical disabilities, to live and work, contributing equally, in supportive, respectful and inclusive environments.” - Camphill NI

Credits

A UTV Production. 

Presented by Gerry Kelly 

Produced and Directed by John Martin


 

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