Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy (8 August 2017, 16 Av, 5777)
Is it true that Talaat Pasha was Jewish?
Talaat Pasha was a member of the political movement known as the Young Turks. They rebelled against the Ottoman Sultan and formed their own government in 1908. In 1918 a triumvirate from their ranks arrogated absolute power to itself. The three rulers were
Talaat Pasha, Enver Pasha Djemal Pasha. They retained control to 1918,
"bringing the country closer to Germany, signing the Ottoman-German Alliance to enter the Empire into World War I on the side of the Central Powers, and carrying out the Armenian Genocide."
Talaat Pasha, otherwise known as Mehmed Talaat, was born in Western Turkey. He was of mixed Pomak and Turkish origin. The Pomaks are Bulgarians or other Slavs who became Muslims and adopted Turkish culture.
In his younger days he had worked as a teacher of Turkish in a Jewish community school of Alliance Israelite. He also had a Jewish girlfriend who tried to help him evade charges of revolutionary activity against the State. There is no proof however that he was Jewish. Alliance Israelite schools emphasized secular subjects and employed non-Jewish staff. The Jewish community included females who were not prejudiced against non-Jewish males. The Young Turks were not pro-Jewish. On the contrary. They had anti-Jewish inclinations and plans. It was German pressure (sic) that prevented them from relating to the Jews in the same way as they did to the Armenians and other non-Turks within their Empire such as the Assyrian Christians, and Greek Orthodox.
Talaat Pasha is considered as having been primarily responsible for the Armenian massacres. After the War and the defeat of the Turks Talaat fled to Germany. He was assassinated in Berlin by an Armenian in 1921.
In the Armenian Massacres an estimated 800,000 to 1,800,000 Armenian men, women , and children were cruelly and sadistically murdered.
Turkey still denies responsibility.
Armenia is now an independent country. The Armenians are Christians but they are allied with Iran.
Armenia is the most anti-Jewish non-Muslim country in the world.
Hitler is still admired in Armenia. 100,000 Armenians served in the German SS forces.
Armenian Conspiracy Theorists and other enemies of the Jewish People concoct false claims saying that Jews were responsible for the Armenian Massacres. The Jews had nothing to do with it. They were not even close to having been anyway involved other than having been intended to become fellow victims.
The question, "Is it true that Talaat Pasha was Jewish?" probably emanates from Conspiracy-type anti-Jewish sources.