Atatürk’s lost letter to US child on display in Ankara

Duvar English

A main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy has found a lost letter penned by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s founding father, to a U.S. child called Curtis La France.

La France from New York sent the letter to Atatürk when he was 10 years old, to which Atatürk replied back on Oct. 28, 1923.

The U.S. citizen delivered the letter to the Culture Ministry in 1998 during a visit to Turkey in order for it to be displayed in Anıtkabir, the maouseloum of Atatürk, but the letter was lost afterwards.

CHP lawmaker Mustafa Adıgüzel searched for the letter in Anıtkabir, but couldn’t find it anywhere, including its archive section.

He then submitted two parliamentary questions on Nov. 7, 2019 to Vice Presidency and Culture Ministry, before meeting with İstemihan Talay, the culture minister at the time La France delivered the letter.

Adıgüzel received a response to his parliamentary questions in March, which said that the letter is on display at the Second Parliament of Turkey, which is a museum, in the capital Ankara.

The lawmaker visited the museum and shared pictures of it on social media.

“Mr. Curtis La France, I received your letter. Thank you for your interest in and kind wishes regarding Turkish homeland. I’m sending you a picture of mine upon your request,” Atatürk said in the letter.

“My advice to the intelligent and hardworking children of the United States is to not perceive everything they hear about Turks as true and attach importance to basing their opinions on scientific and sound examinations. I wish you success and happiness,” the letter also read.

from Duvar English

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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