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East West MimesisAuerbach in Turkey$
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Kader Konuk

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804769747

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804769747.001.0001

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Epilogue: Turkey's Humanist Legacy

Epilogue: Turkey's Humanist Legacy

(p.167) Epilogue: Turkey's Humanist Legacy
East West Mimesis
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This chapter argues that the hiring of German-Jewish scholars is proof of Turkey's capacity to surpass its Western model: Europe failed its Jewish citizens, yet Turkey displayed humanity toward the persecuted. However, such narratives paper over Turkish anti-Semitism and the country's atrocities against Greeks, Armenians, and Kurds. Such revisionism is attributed to Turkey's ongoing need to prove itself sufficiently European to warrant membership in the European Union. And it answers this need with a more critical account of the past and a more hopeful view for the future.

Keywords:   German-Jewish scholars, ant-Semitism, European Union membership, humanity

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