ATATURK IN THE NAZI IMAGINATION


27/11/2016





IN RESPONSE TO THE BOOK TITLED ATATURK IN THE NAZI IMAGINATION
In late 2014 a book titled ATATURK IN THE NAZI IMAGINATION“ by Stefan Ihrig, a German writer in the VAN LEER JERUSALEM INSTITUTE was published by the Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA, USA.
In summary, the book claims that in the 1920s and 1930s the German far right of the Weimar Republic, the Nazis and Hitler were highly impressed and attracted by the deeds and policies of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. For them Turkey was, in addition to Italy, a model which was to be emulated in various fields such as secular modernization and the political unity of the country. Besides, particularly referring to the so called Armenian genocide in the First World War and the so called ethnic cleansing in Anatolia during the last phase of The Turkish War of Independence, the author alleges that the secular nation state built by Ataturk was viewed by many Germans, especially these in conservative rightist politics, as a model of how an aggressively nationalist modernizer could overcome ethnic cleansing and Holocaust in Germany during the Second World War.
By RETIRED MAJOR GENERAL Ali ERDİNÇ
You can read the rest of the article on our issue of February

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