Mittwoch, 06. Oktober 2021, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Ringvorlesung Turkologie Wintersemester 2021/22

Turkey and Southeast Europe in the Interwar Period

As the title “Turkey and Southeast Europe in the interwar period” suggests, the series will concentrate on the late Ottoman and early post-Ottoman/Republican periods and bring together scholars that work on different aspects of that era of radical ruptures and new foundations. Related memory culture and history-writing in many cases still fundamentally disagree. The historical distance of a whole century however invites new or overarching approaches. The series thus aims at a fresh and interconnected understanding of the emerging post-Ottoman world in the large context of the defining Treaty of Lausanne (1923).

06.10.2021-26.01.2022, Mittwochs 18:30-20:00 Uhr, Online-Vorträge


Meeting-ID: 987 7521 2598

Kenncode: 466314



Stefan Ihrig (Haifa)

Turkish role-models in interwar Germany


In 1933, Adolf Hitler gave an interview to a Turkish newspaper. In it he summarized his admiration of Mustafa Kemal [Ataturk] whom he called his shining star in the darkness of the 1920s. This was reprinted on the frontpage of the Volkische Beobachter and it would become the official Third Reich line on Turkey. This might surprise but was grounded in the on-going German fascination with all things Turkish that continued beyond the ‘brotherhood in arms’ of World War I.

In this lecture, an overview will be given of the imagined role of the New Turkey and Ataturk for interwar Germany. It will sketch how and why ‘Turkish lessons’ for Germany were advanced and what their impact has been.


Prof. Dr. Stefan Ihrig is a Professor in the Department of General History at the University of Haifa and the Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES). He is director of the HCGES and co-editor of the Journal of Holocaust Research. His last book dealt with the connections between the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust (Justifying Genocide – Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler, Harvard University Press, 2016). Another book dealt with the role Ataturk and the Turkish nationalists played for Hitler and the Nazis (Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination, Harvard University Press, 2014). It has been translated into Turkish (2015, two editions) and Greek (2016). Kurdish (Kurmanji) and Arabic versions are forthcoming.

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Ayse Dilsiz Hartmuth
Institut für Orientalistik