M. Kemal Atatürk’s Homesickness for Thessaloniki, His City of Birth

Sinan Çaya

Abstract


As Atatürk, the founder of Modern Turkey, grew older; he more and more missed his home-city Salonika and its surroundings. The loss of his home-city during the Balkan Wars further aggravated his passionate nostalgia. Some of his behavior patterns as narrated in history, reveal us his homesickness openly. On various occasions; the meals, the accent, and the entire culture of his region with its songs and ballads; always moved the spirit in him, deeply. Despite his deliberate emphasis of his logic most of the time, in reality, he was a man full of tender feelings.


Keywords


Mustafa Kemal Pasha/Atatürk; Thessaloniki/Selonica; Home-city; Nostalgia

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/8785

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