WHAT THEY SAY FOR ATATÜRK!
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
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
The Times, London
No name in this age has gained such reputation as the name Atatürk.
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
Times Newspaper, England
The most gentleman, dependable and friendly statesman of the era is Atatürk.
If the dictators and the democrats of this age were to be gifted like
Atatürk, the world wouldn't have been seperated into two.
Atatürk was the living example of dignity and honour in a world where these
two values are only remembered in words.
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
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
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
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
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
Hamilton, English General
Our generation has witnessed many strong men gaining power to lead their
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
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
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.
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.
“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