Prelude to a Turkish Anomaly: Eastern Thrace Before the 1934 Attacks on Jews

  title={Prelude to a Turkish Anomaly: Eastern Thrace Before the 1934 Attacks on Jews},
  author={Jacob Daniels},
  journal={Antisemitism Studies},
  pages={364 - 396}
Abstract:In the summer of 1934, acting on signals from certain Turkish government officials, groups of Muslims in Turkish Thrace attacked their Jewish neighbors. This article investigates why Turkish Muslims chose to act on those signals and break a long-standing Ottoman tradition of respecting the physical safety of Jews. Three broad factors are discussed: 1) a nationalist discourse on the economy that portrayed non-Muslims as foreigners; 2) a history of Christians being expelled from Thrace… 


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