The Turkish Passport tells the story of diplomats posted to Turkish Embassies and Consulates in several European countries, who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War. Based on the...
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The Turkish Passport tells the story of diplomats posted to Turkish Embassies and Consulates in several European countries, who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War. Based on the testimonies of witnesses, who traveled to Istanbul to find safety, the Turkish Passport also uses written historical documents and archive footage to tell this story of rescue and bring to light the events of the time. The diplomats did not only save the lives of Turkish Jews. They also rescued foreign Jews condemned to a certain death by giving them Turkish Passports. In this dark period of history, their actions lit the candle of hope and allowed these people to travel to Turkey, where they found light.Written by
Compelling Tale of Heroism and Bravery During World War Two
Based on actual events, Turkish PASSPORT tells the story of how Turkish Jews - encompassing those who were actually Turkish, as well as family members married to Turks - were saved from many of the atrocities committed to other Jews during the Nazi occupation of France. As in other parts of their empire, the Nazis embarked on a systematic campaign to ostracize Jews, and subsequently send them to concentration camps back in Germany. They tried to do this with Turkish Jews, but were prevented from doing so by the intervention of local Turkish diplomats, who put their own lives at risk by insisting that, as members of a neutral country, Turks had to be left alone. The diplomats worked hard to save members of the Franco-Turkish families, issuing passports and teaching them a few words of Turkish so that they could pass as Turks. Eventually they organized a series of rescue trains to transport the Turks out of France to the safety of Istanbul. Using first-hand testimony from those involved (both French and Turkish nationals) plus re-enacted scenes, Turkish PASSPORT tells a tale of heroism and endurance that leaves us feeling uplifted, in spite of the horrors of Nazi rule.
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