On 29 August 2015, the municipality of Wilhelmsburg district of Hamburg, surrounded by the Elbe, inaugurated a plaque on behalf of the father of the writer and historian Taner Akcam, Dursun Akcam, born in 1930 in Ölcec near Ardahan in the east of Turkey, and died in Ankara September 19, 2003.
Dursun Akcam is a scholar, humanist, author of Comedy (1955) in which he describes life in northern Anatolia; the fight against natural disasters, hunger and misery, and the strict rules of a social system closed under pressure from religious and landowners.
As a journalist he denounced social inequality compared to the more developed regions of western Turkey by writing articles to improve the living conditions of his countrymen living in misery East regions.
Democrat, he is prohibited from publication by the military junta in 1980, accused of insulting Turkish national feelings.
Exiled in Germany until 1991, Dursun Akcam is allowed to return to Turkey. In 1999, he founded an association of human rights. After his death in 2003, suites from cancer, his family founded the “Cultural Foundation Dursun Akcam” to promote culture and improve the educational opportunities of the population of Ardahan. Will be created the first and only city library. The Foundation also organizes free performances of theater, music and workshops of folk music. It also provides financial support to students from poor families.
The plaque was dedicated to him, “Akçam Dursun Shore” is on the way he drove every day cycling Wilhelmsburg.