TURKEY’S MODERNIZATION: Refugees from Nazism and Atatürk’s Vision

Arnold Reisman
New Academia Publishing, 2006
600 Pages, 145 Illustrations
ISBN 0-9777908-8-6 Paperback

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Daughters of Atatürk Award 2006

About the Author

Arnold Reisman is a registered Professional Engineer in California, Wisconsin, and Ohio. During 1999-2003, he served as Visiting Scholar in Turkey at both Sabanci University, and the Istanbul Technical University. His most recent research interests are in technology transfer and in the subject of this book. Reisman is also actively pursuing his lifelong interest in sculpting. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, American Men and Women of Science, and Two Thousand Notable Americans, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 200 papers in refereed professional journals and 14 books.

About the book

This is the first account of the contributions to Turkey’s modernization by the scientists that fled Nazism, based on archival documents, memoirs, oral histories, family and collegial correspondence, photos, and other surviving evidence.


“This book adds to our knowledge of an important aspect of the Holocaust, and of the behavior of Nation States in the modern world of woe and grief.”
– Sir Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill’s official biographer and a leading historian of the modern world. He is the author of The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War.

“This book should be on the ‘must-read’ list of books about World War II and the years preceding it.”
– Dr. Israel Hanukoglu, Former Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel. Currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Biology, College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel, Israel.

“This book involves five major topics: science, history, politics, economics, and the arts. It is the earliest comprehensive essay in the English language, on the German émigrés who, while taking refuge in Turkey after 1933, contributed to the modernization of its higher education, and to the implementation of research activities and social reforms.”
– Prof. Dr. Feza Günergun, Chair for History of Science, Faculty of Letters, Istanbul University, Beyazit-Istanbul, Turkey.