1934 Thrace pogroms (Turkish: Trakya Olayları) refers to a series of violent attacks against Jewish citizens of Turkey in June and July 1934 in the Thrace region of Turkey.
The pogroms occurred in Tekirdağ, Edirne, Kırklareli, and Çanakkale, and were motivated by anti-Semitism. Some have argued the acts were initiated by the articles produced by the Pan-Turkic leader Cevat Rıfat Atilhan in Millî inkılâp (National Revolution) magazine and Nihal Atsız in Orhun magazine. Atsız was known to be a sympathiser of the Nazi racist doctrine.
The government of Mustafa Kemal failed to stop the pogrom but was strongly against the violence.
It was followed by vandalizing of Jewish houses and shops. The tensions started on 5 June 1934 and spread to few other villages in Eastern Thrace region and to some small cities in Western Aegean region. At the height of violent events, it was rumoured that a rabbi was stripped naked and was dragged through the streets shamefully while his daughter was raped. Over 15,000 Jews had to flee from the region. Other racist incidents had already taken place in Turkey before and would happened after wards, but this was apparently the first pogrom during the Republican period.
- ^ Özkırımlı, Umut, & Sofos, Spyros A., Tormented by History, (Columbia University Press, 2008), p. 168.
- ^ a b Rifat Bali, 1934 Trakya Olayları, 2008
- ^ Nihal Atsız profile (in Turkish)
- ^ John M. VanderLippe "The politics of Turkish democracy", SUNY Press, 2005. p. 105: "Nihal Atsız, who favored a Hitler style haircut and mustache, and advocated racist Nazi doctrine."
- ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1986/09/10/world/age-of-terror-undermining-turkish-jews.html
- Bayratkar, Hatiice (May 2006), "The anti-Jewish pogrom in Eastern Thrace in 1934: new evidence for the responsibility of the Turkish government", Patterns of Prejudice (Routledge) 40 (2): 95–111