A report on given presentations exploring
the 500-year relationship the Sephardic Jewish community had and continues to have with
Turks and Turkey, ever since the Jews were welcomed from the Inquisitions; Sephardic
Organizations in Turkey and America (2) Views of Some Turkish Jews Today (3) "Who Said that All Jews were Intelligent and
Well-Informed?" (4) Debates in the
Hebrew Press: Loyalty to the Ottoman
Empire (5) Christian Anti-Semitism in the Ottoman Empire
Page Bottom: A few links to spots on the TAT site where Holdwater has "Jewish
Fiercely anti-Turkish New York
Times columnist William Safire suddenly became a pal when the two nations forged an
alliance. (But not for long; the page segues into an examination of the hypocritical
columnist.) A Small Backdrop on Relations, going back to 1949, when Turkey became the
first Moslem nation to recognize Israel.
Turks The Khazars
Are some Jews... in particular, the Ashkenazi, and even more in particular, Jews
from Poland and Russia (that is, the Jews who aren't always crazy about Turks,
ironically, as opposed to Sephardic Jews)... a Semitic people? Not necessarily!
|Story of Turkish Jews
"The Turkish Jews are also identified as Sephardic Jews. This derives from the word
Sepharad which in Hebrew means Spain." A Turkish-Jewish Israeli professor gives a
wonderful and sometimes personal backdrop on the story. Learn why Turkish Jews (estimated
at 100,000 in Israel) left Turkey for Israel, and the Turkish attitude to Jews.
There was one nation Einstein could count on to save the lives of a number of Jewish
academics in Nazi Europe, and that nation was Turkey. Einstein himself was going to call
Turkey home, but the USA came to be the better choice.
Renee Abramson has written an insightful article with a slant on Jewish-Turkish relations.