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Hitler Honored in Upscale Instanbul Mall

Turkey is now not only openly hostile to the Jewish State, but also to the Jewish people.

Hitler's poster in an Istanbul mall.

Hitler's poster in an Istanbul mall.


People who have been paying attention know that relations between Israel and Turkey have been eroding, but not many realize that Turkey is now not only openly hostile to the Jewish State, but also to the Jewish people.

On Friday, January 11, a Turkish citizen took a picture which shows exactly how belligerent Turkey has become.  The picture is of a huge poster with the words, “Who Would You Like to Meet if You Could?” and the last name, and only photograph, is of Adolf Hitler.  The other choices include Suleiman I, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Napolean Bonaparte, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Vladimir Lenin, Boris Yeltsin, Leonardo Da Vinci, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Jackson.  But only Hitler warranted a picture, a huge one at that.

According to Ege Berk Korkut, an active Turkish writer and blogger, the sign was placed in the Sapphire Mall by the owners, a group of Turkish businessmen who are devoted to Erdogan. Korkut explained to The Jewish Press that the Sapphire is an ultra-upscale mall in Levent, the wealthiest neighborhood in Istanbul. The Sapphire building is one of the tallest buildings in Europe.

Korkut said that while a few people have complained about the banner – and the management has refused to remove it – most shoppers just glance at it and continue shopping.  Ho-hum, nothing startling or even mildly interesting about a huge photograph of Adolf Hitler hanging in the Turkish equivalent of Via Bellagio in Las Vegas or The Shops at Columbus Circle in New York City.

And it is not only Israel and the Jews towards which Turkey has turned its back.

The Iranian Ambassador to Turkey, Bahman Hussein Pour, discussed the close and ever-increasing Iranian-Turkish relations in an article in the January 14 MehrNews.com, an Iranian news agency.

Hussein Pour pointed out that while Western countries, “especially the U.S.,” have been pressuring Turkey to reduce economic relations with Iran, “Iran-Turkey trade volume exceeds $21b this year for the first time.”  The Iranian Ambassador concluded that Turkish-Iranian relations are irreversible.

In addition to the trade relations between the two countries which has more than quadrupled since 2008, Hussein Pour also explained that “more than 15 Turkish provinces have become sister provinces with Iranian ones.”

The timing of the statements is important, as many had predicted that relations between the neighboring nations would deteriorate over the violence in Syria, which also shares a border with Turkey. Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has repeatedly called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, while Iran is the principle backer of the Assad regime.  Nevertheless, Iran has benefited greatly from Turkey’s import of Iranian oil, and Turkey has prospered from millions of Iranian tourists.  In a move that benefits both countries, hundreds of Turkish movies have been filmed in northern Iran.

This cozy relationship has developed despite the very public love letters President Barack Obama sent to Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan.  Middle East analyst Barry Rubin wrote a telling piece in the spring about the one-sided relationship between Obama and Erdogan. In addition to recounting Obama’s amorous actions towards the leader of Turkey who has turned that giant ship away from the West and into the harbor of the Islamist world, Rubin pointed out that in 2010 Erdogan made a “deal with Iran that sabotaged the delicate U.S. drive to toughen anti-Iran sanctions.”  And despite that blow to U.S. policy and insult to Obama, the U.S. president gave Turkey a waiver on implementing the Iranian sanctions.  Rubin called it “remarkable,” others might call it alarming.

With a huge flattering photograph of Hitler hanging in the fanciest mall in Istanbul, and Erdogan inching towards BFF status with Ahmadinejad, perhaps it is time for this administration to rethink putting daylight between the U.S. and Israel, and instead start putting it between the U.S. and Turkey.

UPDATEEarly Thursday morning, January 16, Korkut contacted The Jewish Press to say that the banner was removed.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.

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51 Responses to “Hitler Honored in Upscale Instanbul Mall”

  1. Paul Delaney says:

    There should be absolutely no doubt that islam is not any type of religion of peace. It's the reverse, but it's hard to get converts if you describe it as it is, a totalitarian political ideology of misogyny, intolerance and hatred.

  2. Vorrei scusarmi con I miei amici di facebook. Sono una principiante inesperta dell'uso dei social networks, e temo d'aver scritto senza accorgermene su Facebook, commenti in inglese ad articoli del Jewish Press, del tutto decontestualizzati e percio' privi di senso. Mi spiego, ho fatto riferimento a Istanbul perche' durante il week end scorso, nella mall piu' elegante del centro dell'antica Costantinopoli, penzolava dall'alto un grande ritratto di Hitler con sotto scritta la domanda: "Chi vi piacerebbe incontrare?" Tra I personaggi proposti ce n'era uno doc. Mustafa' Kemal Ataturk, ma gli hanno preferito Hitler. La notizia e' stata riportata su "The Jewish Press" the Lori Lowental Marcus.
    La Turchia di oggi non e' piu' quella illuminata di Ataturk (1881-1938) (che riconobbe lo sterminio degli Armeni avvenuta poco piu' di un secolo fa, ad opera del governo dei Giovani Turchi) padre della Repubblica Turca, che aveva bandito il velo e che il prof.Bernard Lewis, the storico imparziale e con grande capacita' di penetrazione psicologica cosi' descrive nel suo libro "The Emergence of Modern Turkey" del 1961: Un autocrate…dominante ed imperioso per temperamento, tuttavia mostrava rispetto per la decenza e la legalita', per I valori umani e principi politici, in aperto contrasto con il comportamento degli altri uomini di potere di maggiori ambizioni ma di minori qualita'. La sua e' stata una dittatura senza il timore di guardarsi alle spalle, o di sobbalzare nel terrore, al suono del campanello della porta, o si sentirsi minacciati d'essere deportati in un campo di concentramento. (traduzione della sottoscritta ripresa anche the Giulio Meotti sul Foglio). E' questa la Turchia, la Turchia di Erdogan che vogliamo in Europa?

  3. Hari Bo says:

    the turks who think hitlers is great are part of the antisemitic alliance. unfortunatlty, the shouting of "heil hitler!" was a common greeting in arab countries – especially in the palestinian territories. remember kamil al-husseini , religious leader and the grand mufti of jerusalem – friend of the german nazis and jew hater. I say f *** for hitler, f*** for the arab antisemitism.

  4. Liad Bar-el says:

    Glad that you think it's fun. To me it's a burden; yet, easy to do. The great sage, the Rambam, Rabbi Mosheh Ben Maimon (Maimonides), wrote a formal didactic (teaching) letter to the Yemenite Jews in 1172 informing them that Muhammad and his predecessor, Jezeus, are false prophets and insane. To go further into this subject is truly a waste of brain cells as the Islamists are a total waste of life…created only to punish those who don't keep HaShem's commandments. The best and really only way to get rid of all the crazy Islamists is to keep HaShem's commandments; then, there would be no reason for them to live except to kill each other as they are doing in Syria.

  5. You don't like the truth. You need to read the Gospels. He is it.
    The messiah you wil followl lead you to destruction.

  6. Have been telling people the 2 main problems in the world: islam and declining oil.
    But from my own close experience with 2 white Jews, they are tricky. Wake up.
    Like Japan now paying for what they did to Nanking, in 1917 Bolshevik Jews from New York took out the Russians, killing 1000s in an effort to destroy Chist and his Church. It can not be done, His Church will go through to the end. Study the Shroud of Turin and the face cloth. (and the Gospels.) Will you delete what I say?

  7. The Face Cloth, poilin traces it to Egypt. then north Africa to Spain.
    The ONLY city that was NOT conquered by the mu slimes was in the Cathedral there. G-d protected it. The Shroud: Turkey, then to Turin.

  8. Blood type the same on both Shroud and Face cloth. Negative, 3-D,
    Image not seen until photography! But both were treasured as His.
    And yet, there is no proof it covered Him! Get your self a New Testament and start reading it. There is no other hope. Russia was trerribly raped by Bolsheviks and plans on getting even. (Worse than Japan to Nanking.) Get out of Israel!

  9. The picture is put up personally by a curator of a candle sculpture exhibiton in the shopping mall to take attention -because nobody would take the picture or pay attnetion to the picture ans what's around it- if it wasn't his pics, BECAUSE it's weird to begin with- to make it to news. And the newsfeed dismisses all this info and promotes an article if there was a massive national survey and millions of people chose this piece of scum as a beloved leader, mixing it with Turkish Government's undesirable policy against 'oh the very friendly to the world' Israel. Clap Clap…

  10. Daniel Frank Katz says:

    The next time someone says we have nothing against the Jews just Zionists, you know that it's not about Israel. Rather it's all about Jews.

    Imagine what these Jew hating bastards would do if there was no Israel?

    The world has already seen what the genocidal Turks did to the Armenians.

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