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Quincentennial Foundation, The (Istanbul)
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The Quincentennial Foundation was established in 1989 by a group of 113 leading Turkish citizens, Jewish and Muslim alike, to commemorate the five-hundredth anniversary of the Sephardim in Turkish lands. Over the next three years the foundation organized a variety of cultural events leading up to the actual anniversary in 1992.

In addition to its cultural activities, the foundation lobbied the United States and the European Union in favor of Turkey. It also facilitated a decision by the Yad Vashem Museum in Israel to give “righteous among the nations” status to Selahattin Ülkümen, a Tu…

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Aksel Vansten, “Quincentennial Foundation, The (Istanbul)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0018100>
First published online: 2010

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