A Revolutionist in Istanbul: Leon Trotksy

After the outbreak of a fire in İzzet Paşa, Trotsky had to move to Kadıköy but the stay here was short-termed after he received permission for entry from France. The revolutionist had appealed to numerous countries for asylum[14] and had explained in his interview with Milliyet that his desire to go was based upon his […]

After the outbreak of a fire in İzzet Paşa, had to move to Kadıköy but the stay here was short-termed after he received permission for entry from France. The revolutionist had appealed to numerous countries for asylum[14] and had explained in his interview with Milliyet that his desire to go was based upon his communication problems regarding the Turkish language and not on the lack of hospitality.[15]

However Stalin´s pressure on the revolutionist increased more and more. Trotsky´s supporters and family members were killed. Propaganda trials in the Soviet Union were organized for the legalization of his murder. His escape ended finally in Mexico, where he died on the consequences of an attack with an ice pick done by Stalin´s agent in 1940.[16]

was one of the most important actors of his time who had an influential voice in the Marxist movement, the Russian Revolution and the formation of the Soviet Union which affected the world history and therefore the history of Turkey. On his last exile escaping the system that he had co-founded he had a stop in for four years. However nowadays you hardly find signs of him in . Sad to say, that the villa in Büyükada where he spent almost his whole stay in Turkey is offered for sale now[17] despite numerous critics by experts. The previous owners have missed the restoration, which means that the building is hardly standing as it is. The municipality of the Prince Islands cannot offer the sales price.[18]  The Ministry of Culture and Tourism seems to be uninterested. Nobody accepts the responsibility for Trotsky´s House and turns it into a museum for saving a piece of history – again a case which shows Turkey´s lack of respect and interest for the history on its own ground.

 


14. Patenaude, Bertrad M, p: 15-17
15. Coşar, Ömer Sami: p: 44-45
16. Patenaude, Bertrad M, p: 15-17
17. www.hurriyet.com.tr/ekonomi/29696010.asp
18. www.hurriyetdailynews.com/default.aspx?pageid=438&n=house-of-russian-revolutionist-out-for-sale-2010-08-20

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