"Vatan ne Türkiye'dir Türklere ne Türkistan
Vatan büyük ve Müebbed bir ülkedir Turan"
by Turkish turanist poet Ziya Gökalp
"Homeland is not Turkey or Turkistan for Turks
But Homeland is a great and eternal country called Turan"
During the WW2 many turcic citizens of Soviet Russia, mostly Cremean Turks deserted from the red army and joined to Germans. Germans organized a unit with those Turcic soldiers. When I was learning German in Hammmer-Purgstall courses in Vienna, before my University education in 1961 our teacher Mr Hans (I forgot his surname, May he rest in Paradise) who could speak all Turcic languages, was a SS Officers as translater in that unit. As students we are all lazzy and crayzy. He always showed his finger to us and said in his beautiful Turcic axcent, joking "Look boys. I am a SS officer. I don't care that you are Turks I dont care what you are or whom you are" After the war allies gave all those Turcic soldiers to Russians back. Russians executed all of them even their families. It is a tragedy. Every one speaks about ARMENIAN genocide, but no body knows about the fate of poor Turks executed by Russians.
Cengiz Dagci a Cremean Turk was one of those soldiers who fought with Germans againts Russians in WW2. He found a way and escaped from the British prison camp and refugeed to Turkey. He wrote books about his memories. The books was published by Varlik Yayinlari in 1950's in Istanbul. Name of the books
"Onlarda Insandi (They were also humanbeings)"
"O Topraklar Bizimdi (Those lands were ours)"
He wrote all his works in Turkish. I heard some of his works were translated into English in Britain. After publishing ten pages of his novel "Onlar da insandi"(They were human too) in English, London Literature Society draw attention to his works and he was critized as "a great novelist as much as Soljenitsin". You must search in US or British Libraries after his name for the books.
Tatars, Cerkess and other Turkic tribes suffered too much. We never forget that sufferings.
This was first posted on Feb 16 2006 by me.viewtopic.php?t=58738&highlight=dagci