77th Anniversary of Atatürk’s Passing
A soldier, military hero and founder of the Republic of Turkey. Ataturk was Turkey’s first president, the most important leader of modern Turkey. He died on 10 November 1938.
He created a contemporary and a dynamic country after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. He led the transformation from an empire into a modern and secular nation. His service at Gallipoli and in the War of Independence was pivotal in the success of Turkish armies. Moreover, after leading the Nationalist army to victory and establishing the modern Turkish Republic, he took the name Atatürk, “Father of the Turks, as his own.”
Atatürk was a God given gift for Turkey and a leader admired world wide. He was admired for his tolerance, patience, vision, charisma and his value for peace. Before passing away he gave this message to the ones that followed his ideal; “Peace in the country, peace in the world”.
What other world leaders said about Atatürk?
“The rights of the women have never developed as quickly as this, the radical change of a nation is a unique example in around the world. (Daily Telegraph, England)
“The death of Atatürk is a huge loss not only for the Turkish people but also for all European people. Each tear that fell down after him, is a sign of pain.” (Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of United Kingdom)
“The name of Atatürk reminds mankind of the historical accomplishments of one of the greatest men of this century: His leadership gave inspiration to the Turkish nation, farsightedness in the understanding of the modern world, and courage and power as a military leader. (John F. Kennedy, President of United States)
“A genius might be grown up rarely in a century and unfortunately, that genius belongs to Turkey, not to us.” (D. Lloyd George, Prime Minister of United Kingdom)
“Atatürk has left Turkey without a single enemy. This is something that no other state leader of our time has succeeded in doing.” (German Volkischer Beobachter Journal)