Book Review: The hero of Hitler’s dreams

A groundbreaking new study situates the Turkish revolution of the 1920s amidst Nazi political thought.

January 1, 2015 18:06
4 minute read.
The Mausoleum of Atatürk

The Mausoleum of Atatürk in Ankara.. (photo credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)


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On October 30, two long rows of Nazi Party members marched to the Tiergarten in Berlin. Ernst Rohm, the commander of the Brown Shirts, was among them, as was the Berlin police commander. The men stood at attention from 11 a.m. to midnight. At some point during the day, the Nazi dignitaries and police officials paid their respects to the Turkish ambassador, whose embassy abutted the Tiergarten. It was the 10th anniversary of the Turkish Republic, and the Nazi Party wanted to give the country a special honor, just as it was on the verge of taking over Germany.

Why these leading Nazis were present is the subject of a new study by Stefan Ihrig, a Polonsky fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.


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