Early in his career hitler took inspiration from mussolini this fact is widely known but an equally important role model for hitler has been neglected atatrk the founder of modern turkey who inspired hitler to remake germany along nationalist secular totalitarian and ethnically exclusive lines stefan ihrig tells this compelling story. Atatrk in the nazi imagination stefan ihrig on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers early in his career adolf hitler took inspiration from benito mussolini his senior colleague in fascism this fact is widely known but an equally important role model for hitler and the nazis has been almost entirely neglected mustafa kemal atatrk. The van leer jerusalem institute atatrk in the nazi imagination stefan ihrig belknap press harvard university press monday may 4 2015 1800 chair prof gabriel motzkin director the van . Ataturk bust by joseph thorak chosen by hitler as a nazi sculpture historians may credit mussolini with inspiring hitlers rise to power but the despot called a different contemporary his shining star read the 20th century dictator most idolized by hitler thorak was in demand as a sculptor not only in turkey. This is no longer the case stefan ihrig has brought to light very interesting evidence about the admiration of german nationalists and of course the nazis toward kemal and the genocidal policies of the young turks his findings are included in ataturk in the nazi imagination which is now available in greek by papadopoulos editions
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