This Web site includes documents, articles, news items, essays, poems, and interviews that cover Crimean Tatar history and culture, their experiences during deportation and exile, and the national movement which initiated the return to Crimea. A good place to begin exploring the wealth of information found here is Who are the Crimean Tatars? The Table of Contents provides a list of the documents on file here. We continue to add new documents and provide links to other Web sites of interest as we find them, and invite you to visit us again.
The Crimean Tatars are Turkic people who inhabited the Crimean peninsula, now a part of Ukraine, for over seven centuries. They established their own Khanate in the 1440s and remained an important power in Eastern Europe until 1783, when Crimea was annexed to Russia. During World War II, the entire Tatar population in Crimea fell victims to Stalin's oppressive policies. In 1944 they were unjustly accused of being Nazi collaborators and deported en masse to Central Asia and other lands of the Soviet Union. Many died of disease and malnutrition. Although a 1967 Soviet decree removed the charges against Crimean Tatars, the Soviet government did nothing to facilitate their resettlement in Crimea and to make reparations for lost lives and confiscated property. Today more than 250,000 Crimean Tatars are back in their homeland, struggling to reestablish their lives and reclaim their national and cultural rights against many social and economic obstacles.
The Crimean Tatar Web Site was first created by Mehmet Tütüncü in June 1996, and gradually revised and expanded with the addition of relevant documents. Updated and redesigned several times, the Crimean Tatars Home Page is maintained by Inci Bowman, with technical assistance from Fevzi Alimoglu. SOTA would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following individuals who have contributed to the creation and continuing success of the Web site:
- Fevzi Alimoglu, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA.
- Mubeyyin Batu Altan, Institute of Oriental Studies, Kiev, Ukraine.
- Inci Bowman, Washington, D.C., USA.
- Necip Hablemitoglu, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey.
For comments and suggestions, please contact Mehmet Tütüncü or Inci Bowman.
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