Assaf Alassaf


Cooperation Fellowship

City, Country:

Berlin, Germany




May 2016 - July 2016

Born 1976 in Deir ez-Zor/Syria.

Assaf Alassaf studied dentistry in Damascus/Syria. He works full-time as a dentist and part-time as a journalist. Since 2007 he has published several articles in Arabic daily newspapers. In 2013 he moved from Damascus to Nouakchott in Mauritania, where he worked as a dentist. In the beginning of 2014 he went to Beirut/Lebanon and worked in a medical center for Syrian refugees.

Since 2013 he has been writing literary anecdotes on Facebook about the revolution and the war in his home country, his travel to Mauritania, his life in Lebanon and the dental practice. The posts and stories about Abu Jürgen, the German ambassador, were created between November 2014 and February 2015. His book Abu Jürgen. Mein Leben mit dem deutschen Botschafter was published in Germany in 2015 and will also be published in English and French in 2016. Assaf Alassaf participated in readings in several German cities, amongst others Munich (October 2015), Frankfurt am Main (November 2015), Berlin (February 2016) and Hamburg (March 2016).

Supported by Allianz Kulturstiftung in conjunction with the project and event series »Das Weiße Meer«.