27 Dec '11, 1pm

Film shows how Turkish passports saved Jews

Unbeknownst to many, Turkish diplomats on duty around Europe saved hundreds of Jews during World War II by giving them Turkish passports, enabling them to travel to safety in Turkey. This little known episode is told in an independent documentary entitled "Turkish Passport", being promoted as finally revealing "a secret kept for 66 years". The film recounts memories known mainly to 19 diplomats and the Jews they saved from German Nazi death camps. It is based on testimonies by witnesses and their relatives. "To remember and never to forget," said Gunes Celikcan, 30, one of the producers, as he talked about why the film was made. "There is not much about what the Turks did during that period of history," Celikcan told AFP, as Turkey remained neutral during World War II. He said the diplomats saved around 2,000 Jews from the Holocaust but the exact figure is unknown. "We wan...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/turkish-passport-untold-tale-hol...

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