THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ATATÜRK AND ROOSEVELT IN 1937*
ATAURKS LETTER PAGE 2
His Excellency Kamal Ataturk, President of the Republic of Turkey Ankara.
April 6, 1937
My dear Mr. President:
A few evenings ago I had at the White House an exhibition of the moving pictures which were recently taken in Turkey by Mr. Julian Bryan. l want to tell you of my enthusiasm in seeing the many wonderful things which you have accomplished in such a comparatively short space of time.
I was especially happy in seeing the pictures of your good self in your home and playing on the beach with your little daughter. It has made me hope all the more that some day you and I will have an opportunity of meeting.
In my rare moments of relaxation I see the set of Turkish postage stamps which you were good enough to send to me. Some day I hope to see the scenes depicted on them with my own eyes. With kindest regards and best wishes,
His Excellency Franklin D. Roosevelt President of the United States of America Washington, D.C.
June 6, 1937
My dear Mr. President:
I received with genuine pleasure your kind letter of April 6, 1937, in which you tell me of your contentment with having seen the moving pictures recently taken in Turkey by Mr. Juian Bryan. You also express the hope that you and I will meet some day, as soon as circumstances will permit.
Believe me, dear Mr. President, that I am very thankful to you for your sincere feelings and your appreciative understanding of the progress realized in modern Turkey.
I avail myself of this opportunity to express once again my admiration for the United States of America, especially since our respective countries cherish the same ideal which is universal peace and welfare of humanity.
It is also my earnest desire to meet you soon, and so I am impatiently looking forward to the day when I shall have the great pleasure of welcoming in Turkey your charming and powerful personality which has accomplished so many great things. With best regards and good wishes,
HOW THE FOUNDING FATHER OF A YOUNG NATION WAS INSPIRED BY THE THE FOUNDING FATHER OF ANOTHER NATION
GEORGE WASHINGTON AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM ATATÜRK'S OWN WORDS**
THE GREAT GEORGE WASHINGTON, THE FOREMOST MODERN PIONEER OF LIBERTY, WHO WON INDEPENDENCE FOR HIS COUNTRY BY DRIVING OUT THE FOREIGN DESPOTS OPPRESSING IT, IS THAT MAN WHO'S EXAMPLE INSPIRES AND INFLUENCES ME MOST DEEPLY. AMERICA IS THE OLDEST DEMOCRACYIN THE WEST AND OURS IS THE YOUNGEST IN THE ANCIENT WORLD.
TO THE GREATAMERICAN NATION: YOU EXPELLED TYRANNY AND DESPOTISM FROM YOURCOUNTRY. YOU GAINED AND ESTABLISHED YOUR FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE AFTER A LONG AND BLOODY STRUGGLE, AND YOU BUILT UP A CIVILIZED, STRONG, DEMOCRATIC STATE BASED UPON THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE.
ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE EARTH THERE IS TODAY: ANOTHER NATION THAT IS STRUGGLING AND SHEDDING HER BLOOD FOR THE SAME AIMS OF FREEDOM, INDEPENDENCE AND DEMOCRACY. TURKEY'S DETRACTORS SEEK TO BLIND YOUR EYES TO THE PURITY AND LOFTINESS OF THOSE AIMS. THE AUTHORS OF THIS PROPAGANDA ARE EITHER IGNORANT FANATICS OR THE AGENTS OF THOSE WHO ARE OPENLY OR SECRETY FIGHTING AGAINST US TO FRUSTRATE AND DESTROY OUR NEWLY WON LIBERTY. DO NOT BELIEVE THE SLANDERERS. KEEP YOUR HEARTS OPEN TO THE TURKISH PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE, WHO ARE STRIVING TO ACHIEVE PROGRESS AND JUSTICE IN THE WORLD, LIKE YOURSELVES.
MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK
* FromOctober 1983 Issue of ATA-USA
**English Translation based on Professor Talat Halman's 1992 Presentation "Ataturk Alive" at the U.N.