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Memorable Encounters with Atatürk

Edited By Gönül Bakay and Leyla Pekcan

The book is a collection of memoirs related to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The recollections of 27 people who met Atatürk in person reflect the environment in which they grew up. The accounts of their childhood during the founding period of the Turkish Republic provide a wealth of information enabling historians to reconstruct how the perception of Atatürk was transformed during a time of profound political change.

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To Understand (Aydın Boysan)

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Aydın Boysan

To Understand

To understand? Understand what? When? Who will understand? Who will explain? There is no easier thing than to throw a group of questions into the air like confetti!

Especially if the topic is about the times people of my age have lived through. To those who don’t know, I can say that when I was born, the Ottoman Empire had not yet collapsed. The last Sultan Vahdettin still occupied his throne. The Republic of Turkey had not been founded. It was 1921.

In other words, it has been almost a century.

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