REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

United Kingdom

WHAT THEY SAY FOR ATATÜRK!

United Kingdom

He was one of the leading characters of the post war period. He formed a class individually and mostly he was unique.

The Fortnightiy, London

Europe has lost one of the few creative post war statesmen that appeared on the scene.

Spectator, England

He added an exceptional energy and an intellectual radicalism to his merciless power and huge ambition. He never got influenced by historical traditions and religious sentimantalism. He always balanced them with his mature policies.

The Times, London

No name in this age has gained such reputation as the name Atatürk.

Observer, London

Turkey was once believed to be an unnecessary member of Europe but under the leadership of Atatürk it became a valuable and revolutionary member of local policy.

Times Newspaper, England

The most gentleman, dependable and friendly statesman of the era is Atatürk.

English Press

If the dictators and the democrats of this age were to be gifted like Atatürk, the world wouldn't have been seperated into two.

England

Atatürk was the living example of dignity and honour in a world where these two values are only remembered in words.

England

Everyone is crying for the death of Atatürk. His life will always be remembered as a great statesman, a great soldier, a great man of dignity and honour. England salutes this great man whom at first was a brave and noble enemy, then a loyal friend.

Sunday Times, London

He was a totally exceptional statesman. He has done things that dictators can never tolerate, even the democracies cannot realise or have not realised. Such men in history have always given their names to eras. They are really exceptional.

Word Price

No civilized name can create such respect as the name Atatürk. Atatürk is not only a man that changed the life of Turkey, but is also a man who has done only good things in the international arena.

The Observer, England

Kemalist Turkey has shown all the world how to get into its well deserved honoured place among the leading countries of the world by strong national economic policies.

The Financial Times, England

The Turkish Reform lead by him personally has brought a free and confident life to the men and women of his nation that no other generation in the history of Turkey had ever achieved. His success made Turkey a European country and changed the history of the near east.

Times Newspaper, England

The death of Atatürk, who saved Turkey in the war and resurrected the Turkish Nation after the war, is a great loss not only for his country but also for all of Europe. The tears of people from all classes in the country are nothing but the proof of respect of the brave and modern Turkey for its leader.(1938)

Winston CHURCHILL, Prime Minister of England

Atatürk was a leader in the spirit of the Turkish Nation that resembled the national flag.

Daily Telegraph, England

Kemal Atatürk, the President of the Turkish Republic, carries some features that we are not used to seing in other leaders; modesty, capability and success...

The Truth, English Magazine

The presence of that young and ingenious Turkish Leader at Dardanella was probably the most unfortunate occasion for the allied forces.

Alan Moorehead, English Author

It is necesary to explain the reality in the battlefields at Dardanella. We are now trying to resist the brave Turkish Army, lead by a brave and clever commander.

Hamilton, English General

Our generation has witnessed many strong men gaining power to lead their countries.

But if studied carefully, it will be seen that none of the reforms generated by other nations and states are as well considered as the ones generated by Atatürk.

Daily Telegraph, England

Atatürk is a fresh and a brave leader because he did not get involved with the beliefs of old. We can say that he is the most powerful statesman of Europe today and there is no doubt that he is the most corageous and original statesman of all.

Herbert Sideabotham, English Author

The death of Atatürk, who saved Turkey, leaded and elevated the Turkish Nation, is a great loss for both Turkish Nation and for Europe. The teardrops of the men and women from all social classes of his country are the well deserved proof of the good and right deeds this great man has done in his life.

Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the UK

To understand every incident in detail and the ability to decide and react immediately were the main sources of his unique authority.(1923)

Grace Ellison, English Journalist

Below are the words of the English Prime Minister Lloyd George, known as a Turkish enemy, while he answered the accusations and criticism in the English Parliament for the retreat of the British Army from Anatolia in 1922: “Dear Sirs, you may see an exceptional genius in centuries. It is very unfortunate for us that the great genius of this era came up from the Turkish Nation. There was nothing to be done against the brilliance of Mustafa Kemal.”

Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the UK

The foreign policy of Turkey designed by Atatürk has put Turkey among western nations and old enemies have become friends.

Times Newspaper, England

His resistance at Galippoli peninsula in WW I and his ingenious struggle in the War of Independence has brought him glamorous victories.

He has managed to cope with unexpected difficulties and misfortunes with the help of his high spirit and patience.

The Times, England

I commemorate Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on his 25th death anniversary with deep respect. Atatürk’s name was known in our country 50 years ago as a brilliant Turkish military commander. After peace was maintained we had the chance to meet him as the Atatürk with his statist features that has put him among the great national leaders in history.

Today, Turkey is in partnership with England in Western unity. England and Turkey share the same general policies and are in contact in various fields. This is mainly a result of the deeds of Atatürk.

On the 25th death anniversary, I respect him as a brave soldier and as the Father of modern Turkey. We will always remember him as a satatesman in admiration and in respect.

Sir A. Douglas Hume

Some people regarded Atatürk as a dictator. I say this is wrong and such a thought will lead you on a wrong path. Although the term dictator is well suited to Hitler and Mussolini, actually there is no definition of a dictator. In this case, one may ask, why do you put Atatürk aside from this term.

I have many reasons. First of all, Atatürk was leading a scientific study for the times that he would not exist. His intention was to develop a governmental and constitutional system that would operate after him. He never forced his people to believe in his vision. Instead, he tried to teach and explain his ideals to them. He had taken the decisive power of his nation from the Great National Assembly at the time of the War of Independence while he was planning the future with his friends. The members of the Assembly were elected by the people. The President was elected every four years and the Assembly had the power to rule as well as the power to pass laws. Atatürk’s respect for the Great National Assembly is important. His main concern with the interior affairs was to create a living political organism with the capability to react promptly to situations that might arise.

If he were alive, I suppose that he would refuse to be a candidate for the Presidency and stay aside to observe if the mechanism would function as well as he wanted it to. I am not sure if his friends would accept this, though.

Sir Percy Loraine, UK Ambassador

Atatürk’s reform will be continuous. Because this reform has enabled Turkey to change completely after the war and this strong nation has no enemies anymore. This is something no other human being has ever achieved in our time.

Vernon Barlett

Today, Turkey is a big and a new country. This new Turkey had found itself in the personality of Atatürk after the treachery, misery and the wearinessof the war. He gave life to this new Turkey.

Daily Mail

“The Greatest Man of History”

One of the most popular papers of England states that Atatürk is the greatest man of our era and history. It also mentions that his value cannot be compared to any other great personality in history.

While mentioning Atatürk, the paper gives examples from various eras and some distinctive characters remembered in those times and states that Atatürk can never be compared with them, being a great reformer, a great soldier and a great statesman. The paper reads, in order assess Atatürk, it is not enough to follow his way. One has to be as clever as he is and has to make decisions as fast and correct as he does.

The paper states that no other great man in history has ever achieved the privilage to rise to his level.

English Press, London