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Capital Tax Law (Varlik Vergisi, 1942)
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The Capital Tax Law (Turk. VarlıkVergisikanunu) was a wealth levy enacted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly on November 11, 1942 as Law No. 4305. Although its ostensible purpose was to raise funds against Turkey’s possible entry into World War II, it really was intended to destroy the economic position of non-Muslim minorities in the country and reinforce the ongoing process of economic Turkification. The VarlıkVergisi law was the final act in the pattern of anti-Jewish and anti-minority measuresadopted in the early years of the Turkish Republic. Such action…

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D Gershon Lewental, “Capital Tax Law (Varlik Vergisi, 1942)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 17 January 2021
First published online: 2010

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