ARTS > Photos reveal child heroes of Turkey in times of war

ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency

The Atatürk Research Center (ATAM) in Ankara opened the doors of its photo archive to mark April 23, Children’s Day. The photos show children who took as much responsibility as men and women during the War of Independence

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The photos in the ATAM archive reveal that children all around in Anatolia displayed heroism especially in places under occupation. AA photo

The photos in the ATAM archive reveal that children all around in Anatolia displayed heroism especially in places under occupation. AA photo

To mark April 23 Children’s Day, the Atatürk Research Center (ATAM) revealed its archive photos from the War of Independence. Most of the photos in the archive have never been seen before.

The photos are preserved with special techniques for future generations and depict children, whose name and age are not known. They reveal that, as well as men and women, children also had many important missions during the war period when the Turkish nation defended the country against enemies.

A large number of children, who joined the war of the Dardanelles and Independence, impacted history with their self sacrifice both on the front and behind the front. Some schools could not produce graduates because young people at the age of 15 and 16 were martyred during the War of Independence, and were not able to return from the war area.

The photos reveal that children all around in Anatolia displayed heroism especially in places under occupation. The deep traces of poverty and helplessness caused by the war can be seen in the faces of these children. The origins of some photos in the ATAM archive are not known.

Among the photos are those taken a short time after the war was won. In one of these photos, the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his wife Latife Hanım take a break with Kazım Karabekir Pasha, İsmet İnönü and the other heroes of the national struggle in 1923 on the Edremit highway. The close interest of the public, especially of children, in Atatürk and Latife Hanım can be seen in the photo.

Another photo shows children from the Aegean province of Uşak, who are greeting Atatürk with great enthusiasm when he returned from victory.

Encyclopedia on Atatürk

ATAM is also currently working on a new encyclopedia outlining the story of Atatürk and the early Republican years. The encyclopedia will cover every detail of Atatürk’s life and his activities, according to reports.

The Atatürk Encyclopedia was set to be completed within 18 months, but was delayed due to research issues, according to officials. There is detailed information on Atatürk’s thoughts and personality, as well as events during the republican years in the encyclopedia.

Reference book

“There were a total of 563 articles in the former encyclopedia, all of these had been revised. This encyclopedia will also be a very historical reference book. The encyclopedia will first be published in Turkish before being translated into different languages,” ATAM President Mehmet Ali Beyhan said.

“If you give too many articles to one person, it will not be a very objective encyclopedia. That’s why we aim to spread the articles to different people and make them write objective information. This will be an objective work,” Beyhan said, adding that the people who are on the research council of the encyclopedia are researchers and professors.


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mara mcglothin

4/26/2013 3:49:09 PM

Yeah HAKAN Turkey is in need of some true statesmen, who are in the game not for their own personal gain but for that of the country. Very sad days indeed.

Hakan Haksever

4/26/2013 2:54:05 PM

So proud to be Turkish words fail me, we Turks were very lucky to have Ataturk as our leader, teacher and father of all Turks. My only regret is we could not in these modern times find half a man of Ataturks stature and leadership. Mabey one day we will find such a person.......


4/26/2013 2:23:19 PM

Well said, True Turk.

True Turk

4/26/2013 12:27:23 PM

@turk oz We must never forget our loyalties and never forget our great leader, who snatched us from the jaws of tragedy. BUT we must move on. It is a third world country that has a statue of their leader on every street corner, the start of the school day with a swearing of allegiance for every child in the country, the dragging of military hardware through the streets with bands blaring. It is reminiscent of the eastern bloc in the sixties and North Korea today. .


4/26/2013 11:56:54 AM

Very touching pictures of my proud people teaching the world that even when worn out, we were able to teach the world a valuable lesson, do not mess with Turks. Men, women, children all fought which is not uncommon in Turkic nations, that was also the case with Turkic tribes, Turkic women were excelent fighters.

Faruk Beisser

4/26/2013 8:45:55 AM

Oz, you better be living in a foreign country, otherwise I see a bleak future for you - a residence in Silivri, where everyone lands who criticizes the Gülen/Erbakan AKP and its Great Leader!

turk oz

4/26/2013 4:46:11 AM

It is so refreshing to see the great Ataturk's work even under these circumstances. We are living in a very difficult times under the AKP leaders. But no one ever should forget without the Ataturk Turks would not be where they are now. If only we the Turks keep on going to instill the progress Ataturk made. Turkey is under siege at this point, so called leaders selling out the country. So sad to see this. I do hope those journalists keep writing about selling out the Turkey.
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