The government of Lower-Saxony forces Frisians to accept artificial Saxon identity
The Frisians were never part of the Saxon tribal area. Saxon culture arose in the 7th century in the modern German state of Lower-Saxony—well outside Frisian territory. Around the year 1500, the Frisians transitioned from their era of freedom, and became a county. Their independence seemed secure. In 1744, however, the East-Frisian counts disappeared because they had no successors. The king of Prussia, Frederick the Great, took advantage of the opportunity. He and the magistrate of Emden signed the Convention of Emden, which ended East-Frisian independence.
The East-Frisians never agreed to give the magistrate of Emden this authority, and he was never democratically elected. Through the centuries, the population always felt itself to be Frisian. The people keep the right to choose where they belong.
After World War II, Lower-Saxony became part of the British occupation zone. The allied forces introduced a new administrative structure to Western-Germany. This structure left space for an East-Frisian administrative element, the ''Regierungsbezirk Aurich''.
The Regierungsbezirk Aurich comprised the East-Frisian county, and was dissolved in 1978. It did, however, remain a part of the administrative division of Weser-Ems until 2004. In 1981, the first ''Tag der Nedersachsen'' was held. This was an initiative of Wilfried Hasselman, the Lower-Saxony CDU Minister for Internal Affairs. Its goal was to enhance the Lower-Saxon identity. His successor, Gerhard Glogowski (SPD), went even further. According to him, even the German forces (Bundeswehr) were a part of the Saxon identity.
It goes too far when the ancient Frisian Waddensea, is renamed the “Lower-Saxon Waddensea.” As the title of Franz Kurowski's book shows, it's ''Die Friesen - Volk am Meer'' (The Frisian - People at the sea).
Oostfreesk-platt Wi bünt een heel bült aober wi bünt heel maal kien Nedersassen.
Seelterfräisk Wi konne fuul weese man wi sunt neen Läichsaksen.
We, Frisians from East-Frisia, believe that systematically imposing a nonexistent identity on us has lasted long enough. Shouldn't Frisians from all Frisian regions be recognized as a national minority? National-socialism is 65 years in the past, and minorities should now be able to freely express themselves. This alone is reason enough for Germany to set a right example.
The sign at the highway Nieuweschans/Bunde is already corrected, and East-Frisia is made visible for the Frisians from the Netherlands. We hope our brothers from the Ommelaander Fraislaand will follow this example and free themselves from their imposed Saxon identity. Even if Frisia is nowadays divided over two states, the Frisian territories are not foreign to each other. They must have a special relationship.
Dedicated to Edzard Cirksena