Atatürk’s Death and Funeral From the Eyes of the Spaniards
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder and the first president of the Republic of Turkey, passed away on November 10th 1938, because of cirrhosis decease. After his death, his body was embalmed in order to prevent from corruption till the funeral on November 21st. In the 11 days period till the funeral, firstly his body had been on display for the visitors in the Dolmabahçe Palace and afterwards two funerals had been organized for him, one in the sea another in Ankara. Developments in this process had followed by Spanish newspapers and public opinion. This work, examines the news gathered from the historical newspaper archives of Spanish National Library and Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports. Spanish newspapers give detailed information about Atatürk’s death, election of Ismet Inonu as his successor, exposition of his body in İstanbul, foreign representatives to be joined to the funeral and funeral itself. Besides, comments had been done about the effect of his death on foreign politics in the process of the World War II.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Spain, Spanish Press, Atatürk’s Death, Funeral