Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination

Atat rk in the Nazi Imagination Early in his career Adolf Hitler took inspiration from Benito Mussolini his senior colleague in fascism this fact is widely known But an equally important role model for Hitler and the Nazis has bee

  • Title: Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination
  • Author: Stefan Ihrig
  • ISBN: 9780674368378
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Early in his career, Adolf Hitler took inspiration from Benito Mussolini, his senior colleague in fascism this fact is widely known But an equally important role model for Hitler and the Nazis has been almost entirely neglected Mustafa Kemal Atat rk, the founder of modern Turkey Stefan Ihrig s compelling presentation of this untold story promises to rewrite our understaEarly in his career, Adolf Hitler took inspiration from Benito Mussolini, his senior colleague in fascism this fact is widely known But an equally important role model for Hitler and the Nazis has been almost entirely neglected Mustafa Kemal Atat rk, the founder of modern Turkey Stefan Ihrig s compelling presentation of this untold story promises to rewrite our understanding of the roots of Nazi ideology and strategy.Hitler was deeply interested in Turkish affairs after 1919 He not only admired but also sought to imitate Atat rk s radical construction of a new nation from the ashes of defeat in World War I Hitler and the Nazis watched closely as Atat rk defied the Western powers to seize government, and they modeled the Munich Putsch to a large degree on Atat rk s rebellion in Ankara Hitler later remarked that in the political aftermath of the Great War, Atat rk was his master, he and Mussolini his students.This was no fading fascination As the Nazis struggled through the 1920s, Atat rk remained Hitler s star in the darkness, his inspiration for remaking Germany along nationalist, secular, totalitarian, and ethnically exclusive lines Nor did it escape Hitler s notice how ruthlessly Turkish governments had dealt with Armenian and Greek minorities, whom influential Nazis directly compared with German Jews The New Turkey, or at least those aspects of it that the Nazis chose to see, became a model for Hitler s plans and dreams in the years leading up to the invasion of Poland.

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    1. Μια πολύ σημαντική προσθήκη στην ιστορική βιβλιογραφία και κυρίως στα αίτια της δημιουργίας του τέρατος που δημιούργησε ο Χίτλερ. Ο θαυμασμός του Χίτλερ στο πρόσωπο του Κεμάλ, εν πολλοίς έπαιξε σημαντικό ρόλο στην πορεία του. Εντυπωσιακό το γεγονός, πως από το 1919 έως το 1923, [...]

    2. Conventional wisdom about the Nazis has long suggested that they were inspired by the example of Italian fascism. However, as Ihrig argues here, there was long a more pertinent example for National Socialism in the form of the Kemalists in Turkey, and specifically in the personage of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The intention of this book, as the author makes clear, is not to claim that the Kemalists had fascist tendencies themselves (although that is a point worthy of arguing at least), but rather th [...]

    3. This was a really interesting book. Even towards the end when it challenged the notion that Germans always had a negative image of the Turks.In fact it is astounding how an image of a people can change to drastically and can be forgotten so almost completely. Back before the Second World War there were trains to Turkey with the term Enverland written on them in chalk, Enver Bay cigarettes sold in Germany, a bridge named after Enver Pascha in Berlin (it was destroyed in 1945) he must have been qu [...]

    4. It's fascinating how the Turkish state discourse on the War of Independence overlaps the Nazis' interpretation of the events at the time. The justification of the ethnic cleansing of minorities with the "stab-in-the-back myth" (still popularly used in Turkey), the importance of following the one true perfect leader who is the father of the nation Turkish history textbooks could have been written by the Nazis themselves.

    5. Very important and rare factsEven as a well read history buff Turk reading this book thought me some crucial details about our own history especially the unspoken WW2 years

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