Boris Heads To Istanbul To Trace His Political Past | Who Do You Think You Are


Boris’s great-grandfather Ali Kemal was
born in 1869 in Istanbul then the capital of the Ottoman Empire ruled by
powerful Sultan’s the once mighty empire was now in decline but it remained a
force to be reckoned with the Istanbul of Ali Kemal childhood, was a vibrant
cosmopolitan city lots of traditional Turkish geezers do nursing watch out
there Boris still has relatives living in the
city he’s on his way to meet his cousin CNN a grandson of Ali Kemal excuse me
Kira’s v he rusty misschien sucker he’s hoping seen an we’ll be able to
tell him about Ali Kumar’s early life maybe easily this is the crash you
missed you see none motivated you see oh you know
listen said why did you ask me to come to cure Ashly mischiefs okay
my grandfather your great-grandfather he came and was born somewhere and he was
born somewhere somewhere see he lived here for a while he spent most of his
childhood here we don’t know exactly which building it was somewhere in the
city Ali Kamal’s father was a wealthy
merchant who gave his son a traditional Muslim education he went to Quranic
school right and the Kirkham consisted and memorizing the Quran the hokuhoku
organ which is quite a feat attained considers that he was aged six sons and
which language was this in hey he’s healthy my great-grandfather Ali Kemal
could only read this whole thing we actually knew it walk by heart
amazing oh I won the scripture knowledge prize on what you know well that’s
really yeah in the world of divinity prize
Ali Kumar’s life didn’t continue in a traditional vein as a young man he
traveled to France and became a successful journalist in 1903 he married
Winifred Broome daughter of Margaret Johnson
three years later Winifred and Ali had a daughter Selma then in 1908 at the age of 40 Ali Kemal
returned to Turkey bringing his family with him they settled in the village of
bebek just outside Istanbul Boris knows that on his return to Turkey Ali Kemal
continued his career as a journalist he’s meeting up with historian been 40
as a journalist himself Boris is keen to see some of the newspaper articles his
great-grandfather wrote Ben’s taking him to the library where the originals are
kept so you can even read this duck any yes this is the original copy of the
newspaper that your great-grandfather wrote for it’s called big dum-dum and
your great-grandfather he’s the lead columnist okay let’s say that at the
right term okay and this is starting here running down two and a half columns
and there is your great-grandfather’s signature line that’s the spy line
that’s the prime real estate on the newspaper and its political yes yeah it
was political dangerously political a few weeks after Ali commands returned
there was a revolution in Turkey in the name of Liberty radical nationalists
seized power from the autocratic Sultan but soon the revolutionaries began to
use repressive tactics of their own including political murder appalled by
this and convinced there were better ways to bring about change Ali Kemal
used his newspaper columns to speak out against the new nationalist government
the contradiction that the was was waged was carried out in the
name of Liberty but yet Liberty is being in his view sacrificed or or put on the
back burner force and pressure cannot exist in a
constitutional era whereas we try to do everything by force and pressure so he’s
he’s being critical of the government he’s been critical of the Society for
relying on brute strength when according to him ideas consensus should carry the
day Ali Kemal was running real risks by speaking out there were ominous signs
that the nationalist government would not tolerate his very public criticism
only four days before this article is published on an opposition editor had
been assassinated by the chaos the real tough guys yes and so the person
murdered took a political stance very close to that of your great-grandfather
those must have been coming very close to the bone for him Wow we so this is
1909 and he’s starting to get apprehensive about the fate of people
who are in more less his political position that’s right I mean what you
see I suppose is a great lesson for about journalism and politics because
there’s no doubt is the first duty of a columnist is to be read and he’s writing
stuff that is readable when it’s punching its polemical whether it’s
politically safe is a difficult question and that’s where the boundary between
German politics becomes difficult because the imperative to be read and to
be punchy and provocative can conflict with your political cause you

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