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The “Varlik Vergisi” Affair


A Study on its Legacy With Selected Documents


A comprehensive study on Varlik Vergisi (the Capital Tax) which was implemented on the minorities of the Turkish Republic in 1942–43 and affected their lives as well as conceptions of their place in the society.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-124-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 18,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 426
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-124-4
$188.00
$112.80

A comprehensive study on Varlik Vergisi (the Capital Tax) which was implemented on the minorities of the Turkish Republic in 1942–43. Today, the Capital Tax is regarded as a tragedy which was reconcilable with the founding principles of the modern, secular republic and a violation of the country’s 1924 constitution. Consequently, it was the blatant discrimination of the law’s implementation that reinforced the opinion among many of the country’s minorities that they would never be treated as equal citizens in Turkey and acted as an impetus for the emigration of many people of the minorities, including roughly half of the Jews in Turkey. In spite of its big impact, the official documents and publications on the issue are extremely scarce. This study fills a gap in this issue comprising a comprehensive research using various evidences such as letters, caricatures and articles in addition to the official documents.

A comprehensive study on Varlik Vergisi (the Capital Tax) which was implemented on the minorities of the Turkish Republic in 1942–43. Today, the Capital Tax is regarded as a tragedy which was reconcilable with the founding principles of the modern, secular republic and a violation of the country’s 1924 constitution. Consequently, it was the blatant discrimination of the law’s implementation that reinforced the opinion among many of the country’s minorities that they would never be treated as equal citizens in Turkey and acted as an impetus for the emigration of many people of the minorities, including roughly half of the Jews in Turkey. In spite of its big impact, the official documents and publications on the issue are extremely scarce. This study fills a gap in this issue comprising a comprehensive research using various evidences such as letters, caricatures and articles in addition to the official documents.

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Rifat N. Bali

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 7)
  • KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS (page 11)
  • INTRIDUCTION (page 13)
  • I- THE VARLIK VERGISI AND ITS LEGACY (page 19)
  • EXISTING SOURCES AND PUBLICTIONS ON THE CAPITAL TAXLAW (page 21)
  • THE CAPITAL TAXLAW AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION (page 37)
  • A NARRATIVE OF THE CAPITAL TAXLAW, BASED ON DOCUMENTS FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE UNITED STATES (page 63)
  • THE CAPITAL TAX DEBATE DURING THE MULTIPARTY PERIOD (page 107)
  • SOCIAL MEMORY AND THE CAPITAL TAX (page 135)
  • SELECTED DOCUMENTS (page 183)
  • ARTICLES AND CARICATURES PUBLISHED PRIOR TO THE CAPITAL TAX (page 185)
  • TEXT OF THE TAX ON WEALTH AND PERTAINING REGULATIONS (page 199)
  • LETTERS SENT DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CAPITAL TAX (page 211)
  • DOCUMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE (page 255)
  • DOCUMENTS FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION ( MARYLAND) (page 295)
  • DOCUMENT FROM OSS ENTITLED "EXPERIENCES IN A TURKISH CONCENTRATION CAMP" (page 313)
  • ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BY CYRUS L.SULZBERGER (page 345)
  • YIVO INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH RESEARCH ARCHIVES (NEW YORK ) DOCUMENTS (page 357)
  • REPORT DATED SEPTEMBER 1943 ANNEXED TO LETTER DATED JULY 20,1945 MAILED TO AJC (page 361)
  • DOCUMENTS FROM THE AMERICAN JEWISH ARCHIVES ( CINCINNATI) (page 389)
  • DOCUMENTS FROM THE AJJDC GIVAT JOINT ARCHIVESM (JERUSALEM ) (page 395)
  • DOCUMENTS FROM THE AJJDC GIVAT JOINT ARCHIVESM (JERUSALEM ) (page 397)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 417)