Brave Turkish Diplomat Remembered in Los Angeles

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A documentary about Turkey’s Ambassador to Rhodes, Selahattin Ulkumen’s effort to save the Amato family from the Holocaust during the Second World War was viewed with great interest in Los Angeles, California.

On the evening that commemorates Ulkumen’s brave attempt to save lives, the documentary of Lina Amato’s Story recalled once again the importance of friendship, courage, and cooperation.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Jewish Orchestra from the music community also attended to the event with great interest.

The Story of Lina Amato was shown for the second time in collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute, T.C. Los Angeles Consulate General, and the LOA / Apricot Tree. The opening remarks made by the Los Angeles Consul General Can Oguz and faculty member, LOA/Apricot Tree President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Senem Cevik.

Prior to the documentary screening, Pianist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayse Taspinar and the Los Angeles Jewish Orchestra concert musician Mark Kaspher gave a concert on behalf of the famous music pedagogue Vitaly Margulis.

In addition, world-famous Turkish compositions were performed while Ahmet Adnan Saygun’s compositions attracted great interest from the viewers.

The memories of Jeanette Mizrachi, who is the childhood friend of Lina Amato, gave the guests emotional moments.

After the film screening, Ottoman Sephardic food, an important part of Turkey's culinary culture, was served. During the meal service, attendants were informed about this Mediterranean based unique cuisine, which was created by the influence of Sephardic culture from the Ottomans to the present.

With more than two hundred guests at the screening and concert, the event ended with a taste of Turkish coffee.