Greek weekly Proto Thema distributed a booklet to its readers about the Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as a part of a promotional campaign called “Great Personalities of the 20th Century.”
“If Mustafa Kemal Atatürk didn’t have the courage to actualize his vision in his country, modern Turkey wouldn’t exist, at least not in the way it does today,” said the booklet.
The introduction to the booklet “Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – The Father of the Turks” touches on Turkey and Greece’s historical animosity, which peaked during the war that led to the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.
“Most Greeks hate him intrinsically as they identify him with the Greco-Turkish War. That aside, Atatürk was a personality that had great power and widespread influence in Turkey,” the booklet said.
Greece has seen a multitude of biographies and books about Atatürk translated into their native language. Te Nea daily distributed excerpts from Atatürk’s famous speech “Nutuk” to its readers and the daily Eleftherotypia distributed Can Dündar’s documentary “Mustafa.”