WHAT THEY SAY FOR ATATÜRK!
Mustafa Kemâl Atatürk always knew where to stop. This was one of his virtues
I admired very much. Always thinking ahead, always being careful, these have won
success for his work on the road of the country.
Fieldmarshall Fevzi ÇAKMAK
Atatürk, loving you is national worship.
Steps brisk and in accord, a fine hand ornamented with long, slim fingers
indicating an elegant and sensitive soul. Large shoulders created so that room
remains for his generous heart, a head situated harmoniously on them. A superior
man, always kind, laughing, joking and living everywhere without loosing
anything of his grandiosity.
Recommend Mustafa Kemal for the Ministry of Military Affairs. He should come
to the Military Affaires. There is nobody else who can gather the army.
Atatürk is the main architect and the pure owner of the foundation of
contemporary thinking and the democratic order.
Atatürk with a moderate and erect, slightly longer than medium height on
which large shoulders and a chest are situated carries the stature of a statue.
This imposing statue is governed by a really unique head with golden hair,
sky-blue eyes which look as if piercing the soul of everything and a powerful
face giving the impression to be made of bronze.
It is apparent that this head is not only Mustafa Kemâl's, but the head of
all Turks. And the intelligence and the will-power of the nation have gathered
Lips closing tightly, a chin of a sound and sharp condition releases the
meaning of will in this unique face. A ringing of a bell from far away and from
the depths can be heard in his voice.
He talks right, he talks well. His words lack troublesomeness, are open, and
it is impossible not to sense that he sees everything in its crystalline
transparency and thinks that way.
While asking and explaining, he speaks his thoughts after his questions. If
you think wrongly, you'll correct this by yourself while talking to him. Because
his words, without letting you feel it, give you a new and right opinion.
When you pay attention, you feel that the question regarding the matter
touches the most critical aspect of it. After having listened to him talking
about different subjects and matters, you begin to believe that this unique
hero, who sensed the future of the Dardanelles from the Anafartalar, and the
liberation of Izmir and Turkiye from Dumlupinar, is not only a great soldier.
Each feat, each necessity of the nation, of the country, each matter of
civilization, the age and the world cannot escape his powerful view.
There are some famous people, whose fame has emerged from events and
coincidences. When you talk to them you feel that the great man in your dream
slowly begins to shrink. However in the presence of great Atatürk, the creator
of events, victories and reforms one gains an unequaled power of heart.
Seeing the virtues of the Turkish people and creating miracles of them in the
most impossible of times, certainly would indicate a unique power. But,
depending on a power and genius higher than the weak and deficient powers of the
nation and country, the people gained these two attributes, one higher than the
other, only out of Atatürk.
Creation has many beauties and many greatnesses. However, doubtlessly a
perfect man is higher than all beauties and greatnesses. In order to believe
this from the heart, a moment of being together with Atatürk is sufficient.
İbrahim Alâettin GÖVSA
Atatürk has always been the defender of positive thought, modern
civilization, human rights, democracy, social state of law, the leader of
nations longing for freedom, the ruthless enemy of imperialism, of the violators
of human rights.
Atatürk, great Turk, great man. He not only taught us to fight, but to love.
Therefore are we one and united.
Prof. Dr. Fevzi ERCAN
This man, who made the whole world accept his genius, should have genial
thoughts on each subject. I am not able to know these thoughts in advance.
Ataturk knew very well to take necessary precautions when needed.
However, I would like to tell the people: the sentence which enraged Atatürk
most was “underdeveloped country”.
Prof. Afet İNAN
With his words of “Peace in the country, peace in the world” Atatürk has
become the greatest civilizor and the peacemaker of humanity.
Of course, it is not right and reasonable to definitely say which decisions a
person no more living would take on various matters. Especially, if this person
is a great genius like Atatürk...
However if we only slightly examine the causes which Atatürk followed in his
lifetime, it will be possible to find there the answers to your questions.
1- Atatürk continuously made efforts to westernize. Of course, if he had
lived we would walk on the same road.
2- If he had lived, no country or state could demand lands from us. He would
violently reject such a demand. For him, if needed, agreements with a foreign
state had to be made wholly mutually. If he had lived this his habit would have
3- He determined the politics of life with his reforms based and laicism. If he
had lived it is only natural that this politics would have continued also. The
development of the villagers, whom he called the masters of the country and the
villages was the one of the basics of these policies.
Hasan Rıza SOYAK, General Secretary, Presidency
K. ATATÜRK, the victorious commander of the battlefield, the ardent defender
on the tables of peace, lover of freedom and independence; the ardent supporter
of democracy, national sovereignty and national dominance, has shown the target
of the youth he has entrusted the Republic to found modern Turkey enlightened by
science and technology.
1- The place Western civilizor Ataturk was going to take “after the blocking
of the Second World War” would doubtlessly have been in the front of democracy.
Anyhow, the direction he gave our politics as soon as he won the victory over
the Allied Powers showed this apparently.
Our friendly relationships with
England and America began from that period.
2- Accordingly, Atatürk would never have hesitated to approve and accept both
the Three-Party Agreement made with the English and French at the beginning of
the Second World War and the Turkish-American alliance (on the condition of
binding to more sound basics as for our national interests) after the War.
3- If Ataturk had lived, our inner politics today would not have fallen into the
weakness which has paved the way to the tumult of today.
Yakup Kadri OSMANOĞLU
1- Without any moment of hesitation he would prefer the front of freedom.
Ataturk was a supporter of interdependence. During his lifetime he continued his
foreign policy on the interdependence with the States of the Balkan and the
2- He would ally with America. This alliance is different, two party agreements
are different. Doubtlessly America has rescued Turkey out of the paws of Russia.
3- In domestic politics he would fight fiercely with reaction and communism. He
would embrace the constitutional regime of today.
Falih Rıfkı ATAY
Kemalism, which is the philosophy of life of Ataturk and consequently of the
Turkish Nation and youth, is based on the absolute superiority of national will
and that national sovereignty is owned unconditionally by the nation.
1- Of course Ataturk would choose the Western freedom front. After all,
during his lifetime he had proved that he approached the West. The evidence are
the Alliance of the Balkan and the Sadabat Pact.
Always taking the West as his model Ataturk has thought to pull the Turkish
Nation to the level of western civilization and even above it.
This great man has taught the Turk that he is a Turk and implanted the nation
to be proud of itself.
2- If he had lived, could Russia demand bases and three provinces back? This is
a question for thought. Because, before Ataturk, who enchanted the whole world
with his authority, the attitudes of the foreign states could be different.
In our age all nations are supporting and assisting each other. Of course we
cannot be alone and only outside of these unions. Therefore, I think that
Ataturk would ally with America.
3- As for his domestic politics of today, Ataturk wished peace and tranquility,
which he wished also to give the nation.
In order to establish peace in the country, he would abstain from nothing. He
behaved harsh, or soft, as the conditions asked for. Having heard the Kubilay
event, he immediately went from Edirne to Menemen and punished the guilty.
İsmail Hakkı TEKÇE, Commander, Troop of Guards
1- Our politics are known. Remaining neutral/impartial. Friends with the
right wing, friends with the left wing. If one of these friends provokes us
against the other, we could say to him: Do not exaggerate, we can unite with the
other and beat you.
Thus, our main problem was to remain impartial within
2- I don't see myself authorized to answer your question. Because Ataturk was
such a genius, he knew how to act according to the base and time. Therefore, he
would act as he deemed necessary for the interests of the fatherland.
3- In domestic politics, Ataturk has always been progressive. As far as I
know he would not make concessions on his reforms.
Yusuf Kemal TENGİRŞENİK
At a time the independence and freedom of the Turks were about to fall into
darkness, Mustafa Kemal rose like a sun in the horizon of Anatolia and drowned
this darkness with his light. He brought the daylight the Turkish nation was
waiting for, fallen into darkness and suffering. He showed the way of
liberation. He wrote the epic of the Turkish War of Liberation. He brought the
yearning his nation waited for.
The Turks learned self-confidence, the resolve to win and to be indefeatable
from him. On the path he paved they will be victorious forever. (1988)
Prof. Dr. Fevzi ERCAN
A piece of information which we have not seen anywhere until today has become
the subject of research with the question of a curious person: How tall was
Atatürk? We did not have any records on this. Ibrahim Alaattin GOVSA describes
Ataturk as follows: “Ataturk was of medium height,almost tall. Since he was very
well formed his stature gave always the impression of being taller.”
Where lies the border of medium height and long? If the description of Govsa
is taken into account, saying “Since he was very well formed his stature gave
always the impression of being taller”, then Ataturk has to be of medium height.
And, one of the researchers said that he was 1.68 m tall. But this was a height
which was too short for us, who thought of an “imposing” great man. Why do we
think it necessary for great man to be “large”? Many of the great men in history are medium height, even short. Isn't this a
childish thought? While in primary school, which of the children could jump down
from a height of 1.5 m? None thought it to be easy to jump down. Lastly one of
them said shortly:
“Even Mustafa Kemal Paşa cannot jump from here!”
Some “outer appearance” stories have been told about Ataturk. One could not
look directly into his eyes. An ambassador got so much excited meeting him that
his feet slipped and he fell down.
Mithat Cemal Kuntay has written a poem addressing the Italian sculptor
Kanonika, who made the sculptures of Ataturk. He has tried in this poem to mix
his material greatness with his expressive greatness. His poem beginning with:
“Of course you know who he is?
But you can't understand him: he is ours.
Don't you know, can he be represented with these hands?
Ends this way:
“Let it be human height, but let it touch the skies,
Let on his chest appear the size of a nation.
Let the shoulders be more awful than mountain parts,
Carries on his back my country, my homeland.”
The poet wants the shoulders of the great man to be more imposing than the
mountains. It is understood that people wish to see great men to be tall. “Let
it be human height, but let it touch the skies!”
There is a painting of Ataturk in soldier's uniform, the body is long and
large, but the head is small. This measurelessness is explained with a story.
The painter asks Ataturk how he should make the height, Ataturk points to a
soldier standing away; says to take model of the height of this soldier. We do
not know whether this story is real, or not. What we know is that the painter
has been deceived by his desire to paint him huge.
Mithat Cemal Kuntay asks the sculptor to show the man who carries the
fatherland on his back with a strong body such as that of mythical Atlas. In the
photographs taken in 1919, when Ataturk had begun the War of Liberation, we see
a man who remains frail among the pale faced, slim sized, tall friends. Here,
this man has completed the gigantic feats.
Let's now listen to Ataturk:
“To see me, does not mean to see my face always. If you understand and feel
my ideas, my feelings, that's enough.” (1929)
That's where Ataturk is.
It's true, we cannot abstract from his blonde hair, blue eyes, his body which
is an image of subtlety. However, Ataturk is all above a “thought”. A thought
has liberated this land, a thought has reprocessed and re-founded it. They say
the sculptor has thought over the stone. Actually, the human bodies and the
human faces engraved in the stone are nothing else than the thought of the
sculptor. The body of Ataturk, which all of us wish to see in a different
aspect, to imagine in different views, is now dust. Above him a great monument
rises. However, the thoughts of Ataturk still exist. Furthermore they are fresh.
These thoughts were spoken thinking of the future. In these thoughts the youth,
the security and the illuminated future of a country are included. Ataturk lived
within the Turkish Nation, knew deeply all its existence. During his lifetime he
has processed the philosophy of life for his beloved nation and has spoken of
this philosophy in his speeches and conversations. All these are now waiting in
books. We will find Ataturk in these speeches, conversations. If not for his
appearance, his body we imagine to be a mountain, he is in them with his
thoughts sublime like skies. He shines in them like the sun of thought.
Sami Nâbi ÖZERDİM
Ataturk is both the greatest hero and the chief author of the epic of the
Turkish independence and freedom.
Ataturk was the symbol of Turkish rhetoric. His speeches have been the light
of darkest days. Beginning the national struggle, he described the belief he
felt to his nation with the most eloquent words. He was a genius commander,
great reformer, unique politician. If a man in addition to one of this
characteristics furthermore is an orator, success is half-achieved. He talks for
hours, rolls like a cannon, babbles like a waterfall, flashes like lightning.
His magic voice addressed the soul, his elegant gestures carried away his
audience. Speaking, his intelligent eyes lit up, his sweet face grew and it felt
as if the speaker was not a man, but the history of reforms.
Beginning the revolution he gathered the nation around himself through his
statements and speeches. In the historical First Grand National Assembly he was
the most heroic orator of secret and open sessions. When he spoke the wavy sea
calmed down. When he cried out, the calm air tempested.
In his journeys as President there was another manner and another magic in
his speeches to the nation. The history of rhetorics shall say he was an orator
who was been listened to for hours.
The speeches of Ataturk are a page in our history of reforms., the coming
generation will learn by heart his speech to the youth with love and they will
maintain his sacred trust as the guardian of the state he founded.
(Turkish Orators) Taha TOROS
His greatest dream was to see the Turkish nation developed in science and
economy; to see them tiredlessly working as a nation. However, he was not able
to see the resolution and decision, the successes gained of his nation swearing
to this aim.
Prof. Dr. Fevzi ERCAN
We had longed for ages for his birth… Among us came a corona of light.
Whatever he touched with his high will, unreachable intelligence, deep thought,
there flowed the most ardent and clear springs of life…
How happy we are, we have seen the most magical work of creation live among
us… Like the secret worship in our years of calamity, we have remembered his
sacred name trembling with excitement.
Ages… Ages without end?….
Let his honoured name reach the happy generations of the future; let them
also know the epic of victory of this hero, who was admired by the world.
Let them mention the name of a Turk to those who ask who was the greatest
hero in history?…
The generation, which has enjoyed inattainable happiness under his shadow,
how unhappy you are: you have seen the death of a hero, who rushed you from one
victory to the other, who made reforms, who gave you life, joy, hope through his
might… having seen the infinite might in him we thought his material existence
also to be eternal. Just as every mortal, he has died, too; decaying flesh and
bone, then a handful dust!… This magnificent creature, born out of ages by will
of the creator, vanished within a moment… No!… Impossible, this is not just…
Shall God, who has created him strong with his own magnificence, destroy his
most perfect work?… I don't believe this. He wanted to free him from mortality,
so he gave him the supremest jewel of thought, of genius… In our days of
calamity, God show mercy on us, he was the power, a high thought sent as the
savior to the Turkish world, condensed out of the genius, intelligence and will
of millions of Turks. He won't walk anymore among us!… We won't see anymore his
beautiful face giving us eternal love and trust!… The light of his blue eyes
full of the sharpness of lightning won't illuminate us anymore!…
The pain is great. But with the real existence of thought, now is he living
within us. And he will live with the same power and vigour in the paths of the
future reaching to eternity, in the souls of the future generations…
What a greatness!…
You have not died!…
The symbol of a belief marching to eternity in our souls!…
Ye Sacred thought!… Ye victory!
The sun of the freed risen in the horizons of Samsun has set ablaze and
destroyed the occupying forces and the theocratic administrators. At the same
time he became the light of the captivated nations. This sun is Mustafa Kemal
The Turks are the conquerors and rulers of the twentieth century, since the
greatest man of the twentieth century has been brought forth by the Turks.
Raif Necdet KESTELLİ
Ataturk understood well our need and obligation to become a national state,
has formed it through his rational practices and placed it on its real course.
The only work to be done is to continue on the course he has shown.
Av. Ünsal AKTAŞ
Ataturk was the man who turned the heart of the Turks from leaning for
centuries towards the middle ages, their eyes from looking towards the deserts
of Arabistan to civilization, to the present century and future.
Ali Fuad BAŞGİL
Ataturk has been a source of inspiraton not only for us Turks, but for
humanity. Whatever he did and said was an example of deepest thought and
comprehension, highest patriotism, largest human feelings.
Yusuf Hikmet BAYUR
1- Of course would he prefer the western freedom front.
2- Allying with America would be appropriate for him. However, with an agreement
to be made with America he would protect the high interests of our country and
he would think that the geography of our country is at the same time defending
America, and thus he would make two party agreements more useful to us.
3- In the domestic politics of today nothing would be different as to the
constitution. However, in the laicism affairs he would execute a more definite
and sensitive policy. Furthermore, he would work for a more qualified and
informed education, especially in the areas of positive sciences (technical and
rational knowledge), of the theologians. He wished this deeply, but his life did
not last long enough for this.
He never accepted concessions on his reforms. If needed, he would have
thought of harsh precautions to prevent this. He was the great hero who loved
this land most and who wished it to develope in the shortest possible time.
“The creation of great work shall not be completed in an impossibly short
time. The creators who will succeed us, have not been born yet: Are their
honours, glories and deeds, whatever they shall be born for, not the
opportunities for greatness?"
"Gazi (the veteran, another name for Atatürk) had begun to create a new
Turkey within his own personality from his childhood on. If we have not an
intelligence, a way of thinking and an acuteness of mind just as he had, if we
do not possess his patience and energy, we cannot resemble him.”
“Gazi, we think we immediately know him from his anecdotes, his stories, his
writings or this speeches, however, seeking, we discover always a new secret. He
grows like a mountain the more we approach him. Only when we hold him in our
hand, it is then we cannot see the whole.”
An intelligence fed with an extraordinary strong memory, a progressive
presentiment, a sound common sense, drawing unmistaken conclusions, fitting
judgement, definite decision, strength of rapid execution.
Kneaded among dreams, plans, secrert publications, organizations, exiles,
revolutions and reforms, the child of an idealist generation, matured still
young through many experiences!
Wounded in his heart by a shrapnel in Canakkale, but did not die, although he
fell from the horse and broke his ribs in Sakarya, he did not leave the
battlegroung, talked for hours, discussed tiredlessly, exchanged ideas, his body
sound as a rock…
Rüşen Eşref ÜNAYDIN
Ataturk was middle sized,almost tall. Since his stature was very well formed,
he has always made an impression of to being taller. His broad and full
shoulders and chest were proportioned and drew attention. His body was fully
harmonious and there was no aesthetic deficiency. A statue-like awe in his
attitudes, lively and swift movements, and an elegant excellence dazzled
everybody. His head, appropriate to the largeness of his shoulders and chest was
large and formed, and crowned by blonde hair. This extraordinary hair, since
leaving at both sides a more open forehead, was neatly combed back and resembled
a lion's mane on top of a man's head. Frowning but not curved eyebrows increased
the characteristics of the face as if wound up and twisted backwards. And below
these thick eyebrows there were the large, slightly casted skyblue eyes
glittered and lit up with light,the meaning of which changed each moment. The
high cheeks were prominent and since the eyes were fairly apart from each other
the face could be seen from the opposite and the nose, being perfect, stood
large as to feed the importance of this muscular face with its full wings.
Especially the symbolic motions of the wings showed the high sensibility of the
The tight closing of the thin lips, the sound stature of the chin expressed
the will power of his soul. Slim and long-fingered hands, the hands of an artist
which expressed not destructiveness but constructiveness, the beautiful hands,
which with harmonious gestures increased elegance and eloquence, completed the
character of Ataturk and pointed always to the basic points and horizons to be
29 October 1953 Hürriyet Newspaper
The English Military Attaché Armstrong describes a ball night in his work
“Mustafa Kemâl”. He says that among those who left in the morning only Ataturk left
with the same care as he came in, from the knot of his necktie up to the ironing of
his dress. This person who paid so much attention to his outer appearance is at the same time
a treasure of knowledge and thoughts.
None of the works he did were casual. All bear the deep traces of a mature
consciousness. These new ideas forming in a well thinking mind sprung out when the days came
just like colorful chicks out of eggs and amazed the audience. These are lovely ideal
Beauty lives in the harmony of this reality and harmony lives in the beauty
of this reality.
We advance through the ages year by year, because our measure is its speed.
The heritage of the past, up to the ways of thinking, we have donated to the past. With a new
system of feeling we try to be a model for humanity!
Such an educator is Atatürk.
It is difficult to know him through his deeds, we have to comprehend him by
the high mathemetics of the life he lived and the things he thought which cannot be
fit into material measures. This might smiling to impossibility and embracing gaps has
best been understood with the unknown great might.
He is deep psychology noticed more from day to day, a logician forming ideas
as he wishes, an educator leading the way to the world and finally a model of great
man thought of by philosophers!
Atatürk has founded such a monument of the Republic, the wonders of ages have
been pressed into years and they pay their humble respect!…
Which head will not bow in front of this creative might which will be envied
even by history?…
In this figure, which will immediately attract you, live creative pleasures
in their last development. No actor was able enact his gestures just as Ataturk. Maybe he
is the best dressed man in the world.
Dr. Mesut FANİBİLGİLİ
Ataturk is a being who immediately sweeps off the pessimistic feelings and
who immediately instills his surroundings the necessary joy and power for
working, for being strong, advanced and happy in the country.
The richness of the national wealth of the Turkish nation are the ideas and
thoughts of Ataturk. The real and sole inheritor of this national wealth is the Turkish
Above all, he had such a sensitivity, attractiveness in his own stature,
behaviour, look and speech, that he pleased from the beginning and everybody liked him.
Prof. Dr. Hikmet BAYUR
The sweetness of his conversation was unequaled. And in his presence subjects
of social sciences, of positive and useful character were always discussed. He himself was solid
knowledge and politeness. As far as etiquette was concerned, I don't remember coming
across more noble manners than Ataturk's.
Most heroic soldier and best commander in the battlefields, most polite and
civilized man in the ballroom, most successful teacher, who wished to transfer the whole
country into a school, the most efficient and far-sighted chief as the head of state, the
least astray, the most sensitive diplomate, the most loyal friend in personel
relationships, the most fervent patriot as regards the nation's and country affairs, the most
hard-working researcher in scientific researches. I don't know, a man who wants to do
everything perfectly. We define him only with the name Kemâl Atatürk. While remembering
this name, don't let us forget all these meanings.
The main duty of the Turkish intellectual is to search for, understand and
extipulate the reality of Ataturk.
H. A. YÜCEL
If Mustafa Kemâl Pasa had not begun the battle, this country would not have
been saved. If the weak, but nation-wideresistance movements, which began in places subject to
danger in the west, east and south and which were the product of a patriotic thought,
had not been united by Mustafa Kemal Pasa, each could have been supressed. May he sleep in
peace, great savior.
The Greek armies were marching on to Ankara. Early in the morning we met at
the National Assembly. We were going to be informed by him.
He asked for a map of Anatolia, we brought it. With a red pen he drew a broad
long line in the rear of Sakarya and pointing to this line he said:
- We shall beat the enemy here. We believed him, why and how we believed, I
still don't know.
He took this duty and vanquished the enemy at the line he drew. He returned
from Sakarya to Ankara with a childish smile. By his personal effort, he had won a
battle, which would have been the absolute end of the Turkish independency, if he had
Hamdullah Suphi TANRIÖVER
Ataturk is a enormous national power for the Turkish Nation. He is the
greatest spiritual support of our existence.
The dream of a happy and prosperous Turkey is the sole wish of the Turkish
youth who has taken an oath to walk in the illuminated traces of Ataturk. This wish
shall blossom from day to day and strengthening it will pass from one generation to the
Ataturk had a dynamic soul. A man enraptured by him cannot remain in the same
place. Ataturk owned developing and enlargening thought. Those who follow him do not lag.
Ataturk is our leader, our light for today, and for tomorrow.
Following you involves the cheerfulness of definite success. When you enter
eternity, the Turkish generations shall walk on your footsteps. The interest of the Turkish
Nation's claim is only in you.
The life of Atatürk proves only one eternal case. Success is always that of
His real person is more charming, more lively, more extraordinary than his
pictures. His high cheeks are prominent, his mouth bones are strong and his forehead is
harsh. And in this face there is the expression of those who have had great pains,
struggles, thoughts; however no trace of tiredness… (1921)
Arrogance and conceit, which are the graves of each hero, each genius, did
not visit him. (1922)
Yakup Kadri KARAOSMANOĞLU
The hope of this mighty man was not in strength, but in intelligence and
Ataturk was ready to sacrifice his position his nation could give him in the
highest period of prosperity for his ideas. Never was there any concession, any recession,
Falih Rıfkı ATAY
Above all there was a sympathy, attractiveness in himself, his stature, his
behavior, his look and his speech, he pleased from the beginning and everybody believed
Prof. Dr. Hikmet BAYUR
A great soldier, a great reformer, but above all a great idealist.
Falih Rıfkı ATAY
He walked in the direction the common sense of this nation showed him, under
the light of science for the happiness of all of us. The historians and his relatives
talking of him said: - Ataturk was a realist. He did what he had to do.
Orhan Seyfi ORHON
With a look he could defeat and with a stroke he let us touch the skies. When
we lined up in crowds at the edge of death with his signal, we understood how human we
were and we tasted the great pleasure of living for ultimacy. Therefore, they won't be
able to find the things seen in the managing of war and attacking the enemy in any other
period of history.
Hasan Reşit TANKUT
The sun has never heated any nation as this one and has never given blessings
to any nation asthis one. No period in history has ever enlightened its surrounding
as his period did.
Ercüment Ekrem TALU
ATATÜRK is the only source of inspiration for the dynamic Turkish Youth who
are, like a torrent or lighting, running for a luminous future, contemporary thought, and
the ideal of a modern and powerful Turkey.
He would enter the trenches as if he was a commander of General Staff
entering a parlor.
He would frequently come to the trenches towards which the enemy's cannons
were Aimed, waiting stealthily with their fire-scattering mouths; he was standing
with us shoulder to shoulder and scrutinizing the enemy's trenches.
I was still trembling while showing the way to him despite the fact that I
was used to the life in trenches not for days but for months. Nevertheless, he would always
straighten up stepping on his toes and look the enemy's trenches over our trenches.
We could not raise our heads from the trenches because of the enemy's heavy
fire in Çanakkale. But he would just watch this intense fire even without blinking
I first came to know him as “The Man who does not know what fear is”.
Since the time we heard his name and learned his heroism we felt our health, recognizing our vigor, and enjoying the joy of living which was forgotten
long ago. Once we were orphans, we found our Father; He became our Father (Ata).
were poor and he brought us wealth and comfort.