8 Odes to Atatürk, Founder of the Turkish Republic

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

The modern Republic of Turkey is 90 years old. Here’s what notable people have shared about the man credited with its founding, and who served as its first president — Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

“The name of Ataturk reminds people of the historical successes of one of the great individuals of this century, the leadership that gave inspiration to the Turkish nation, farsightedness in the understanding of the modern world and courage and power as a military leader. It is without a doubt that another example can’t be shown indicating greater successes than the birth of the Turkish Republic and ever since then Ataturk’s and Turkey’s broad and deep reforms undertaken as well as the confidence of a nation in itself.”
— John F. Kennedy

“Turkish history is linked to the Western and European history. The efforts of Atatürk have made this possible.”
— Charles de Gaulle

“The most valuable and interesting statesman in all of Europe does not live in Europe today, but beyond the Bosphorus, he lives in Ankara.”
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Probably no other 20th century leader did more for his country than Ataturk. He brought Turkey independence, changed its alphabet and culture, and created a secular democracy. And probably no 20th century general had any better battlefield instincts, skill or discipline.”
– Gen. Wesley Clark

“He was a military-statesman, one of the greatest leaders of our era. He ensured that Turkey got its rightful place among the most advanced nations. Also, he gave the feeling of support and self-confidence to the Turks that form the foundation stone of a nation’s greatness. I take great pride in being one of Ataturk’s loyal friends.”
— Gen. Douglas MacArthur

“Above all, he was a builder, the greatest nation-builder of modern times.”
— Andrew Mango, British author and biographer

“He stands today as the Emancipator of Turkey. He has lifted the people out of the slough of servile submission to alien authority, brought them to a realization of their inherent qualities and to an independence of thought and action.”
— TIME Magazine, Mar. 24, 1923

“Ataturk’s death is not only a loss for the country, but for Europe is the greatest loss, he who saved Turkey in the war and who revived a new the Turkish nation after the war. The sincere tears shed after him by all classes of people is nothing other than an appropriate manifestation to this great hero and modern Turkey’s Ata.”
— Winston Churchill

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4you_tc
4you_tc

They have an elected president and prime minister and they govern Turkey for one day in order to emphasize the importance of the children in the society. In many places governmental agencies leave the authority to children symbolically for the day.Traditionally since 1986, children come to Turkey to represent their country of origin to children of the world with artistic performances. They’re housed in Turkish homes and can meet with Turkish children. This event is organized by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. The groups of foreign children also participate in the special session held at the Grand National Assembly.

Turkish people hope these children will remember the day for their lives and will contribute to a bond with other cultures. The internationalization is thus aimed toward Turkey’s principle of, “peace at home, peace in the world”, and “Sovereignty belongs unconditionally to the people”.

4you_tc
4you_tc

April 23 is the “National Sovereignty and Children’s Day”

The date commemorates the opening of Turkish National Assembly in 1920 during the Turkish Independence War. The designation of Children’s Day came in 1929 upon the recommendation of the Institution of Children’s Protection. Since 1986 the Turkish government organizes an international children’s festival on April 23.On April 23 of every year, children in Turkey celebrate this “Sovereignty and Children’s Day” as a national holiday, and is celebrated by citizens throughout the country during ceremonies preceding the day.Among the activities on this day, children from all around Turkey gather in the capital city, Ankara, and they replace the selected members of the Grand National Assembly.

4you_tc
4you_tc

Peace at home, peace in the world .

Happy is the one who says, "I'm a Turk".

M. Kemal Atatürk,

4you_tc
4you_tc

You, the Turkish youth!

Your primary duty is to forever protect and defend the Turkish independence and the Republic of Turkey.
You, the future sons and daughters of Turkey! Even under such circumstances and conditions, your duty is to redeem the Turkish independence and the Republic! The strength you shall need exists in the noble blood flowing through your veins.

M. Kemal Atatürk, October 20, 1927

egetumay
egetumay

everyone else understand who is ATATURK except our ungrateful 50% of turkish nation

ngmeko
ngmeko

Then all these odes to Ataturk do not include his participation in the barbaric destruction of Smyrna.

I would not ask many Armenians to sing these praises.

Read a good book about Smyrna 90 years ago....Paradise Lost.  Ataturk does not stand alone as the single demon in the burning of Smyrna and the genocide of the non-Turks of this city.  But, he did order the troops to spread the gasoline in the Greek, Armenian and non-Turkish neighborhoods - where the civilian men, women and children lived.  He ordered the troops to set the gasoline on fire and he left the citizens of Smyrna to burn in their homes, streets and ultimately on the docks............................and yes, the European (and British and others) fleets were very selective in whom they saved.


Turkey may have become a secular nation; it did not achieve that dubious distinction without genocide.

It really is the most riveting book of historical research.  It does not promote any ideology.  Like most good history, it puts things into perspective.  Very few historical figures deserve "Odes" when the history is accurate.........My view, Ataturk is amongst those who do not deserve "Odes".

I'm just a student of history, and the story of the burning of Smyrna is an important one.

UygarOnur
UygarOnur

@ngmeko you should read many more books before going out accusing people. ataturk is a beloved, respectful leader of the turkish people. if it was not for him, the greek would have suffered much worse. believe me on this one. my mom is a greek -called rum, the turkish for roman. so mind your own business and let the job of writing history to objective people.

UygarOnur
UygarOnur

@ngmeko  plus, smyrna does not have a significant armenian community- not worth to mention in this context. you should have mentioned greeks to achieve the effect you intended. so then, what was the greek army doing in a turkish city? hmm, seems like they were trying to occupy it! ataturk prevented that. and he did not mistreat the greek community of the city. that is why trikopis sttod in silence for ataturk every year. you are a merely a liar. what a shame you chose to be a historian.

UygarOnur
UygarOnur

@ngmeko  "The Greek commander in chief, Trikopis, without any coercion or constraint, goes to the Turkish Embassy in Athens on each Republic Day, stands in front of a picture of Ataturk, and keeps a minute of silence."  this is enough evidence to disprove your allegations. you are merely a LIAR.

egetumay
egetumay

@ngmeko You are looking this one sided. You read ''one good book'' about izmir but this is not mean its true. I know something about genocide after greek soldiers invasion İzmir. they killed a lot of people in that time and burning of izmir started a few days after soldiers of turkey came to city. -Some- armenian and greek people started burning of izmir in september 13 by order of british consulate. And ATATÜRK is a peaceful, respectful man. At one time When he entered İzmir in 1922 some people had laid down a Greek flag and asked him to step on it. He refused to do so, he did not want to insult the enemy. He was that person you cannot called him a demon.

“Peace at Home, Peace in the World”

                               Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK 

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