Письмо Национального центра крымских татар в США Д.Бушу
DIE KRIM-TATARISCHEN VEREINIGUNG IN AMERIKA
L'ASSOCIATION DES TATARS DE CRIMEE EN AMERIQUE
COMMITTEE FOR THE RETURN OF EXILED CRIMEAN TATARS TO THEIR HOMELAND, INC.
24 GREENE DRIVE, COMMACK NEW YORK, 11725
PHONE: (631) 499-7423
FAX; (631) 499-7423
The President April 29, 2005.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As the National Center of Crimean Tatars in America, we are concerned whether the plight of Crimean Tatars in former USSR on your agenda of your upcoming meeting with President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow.
During WWII, German-Nazi occupation of Crimea, more than 115 Crimean Tatar villages were burned to the ground and, thousands of Crimean Tatars were unjustly killed by the Nazis, and more than 15,000 Crimean Tatars were taken to Germany and Austria for forced labor and to concentration camps. Enclosed please find the proof documents from Forced Labor Compensation Program for the Crimean Tatars in partial.
To add further to the suffering and injustice, in May 1944, the Soviet government exiled the entire Crimean Tatar population from their homeland. As a result of the barbaric mass deportation and resettlement, more than 46% of the already reduced Crimean Tatar population perished while their meager properties were confiscated. And now the confiscated Crimean Tatar properties were being sold for US dollars. (Please see the attachments.)
Now, the remnants of the Crimean Tatar nation is in danger of forever losing its rich and noble history and heritage, its culture, language, rightful land and, its very identity. It is estimated that there are close to 800,000 Crimean Tatars scattered around former USSR with about 30% presently struggling to survive on the Crimean Peninsula.
We, the Crimean Tatars, have suffered enough! We now demand with your decision, that Russia, which was the core of the Soviet Union, and co-USSR countries, issue a reparation resolution, which allows us to reclaim our rightful place.
1. On May 18, 1944, the Crimean Tatar Nation were deported from their historical Homeland, Crimea, to Central Asia.
a) Their confiscated possessions must be returned to the Crimean Tatars, the same way it has been done during past few years for deported Bosnians and Kosovans (please see the attached documents)
b) the compensation must be paid by the Soviet Union or their successors - Russia…-Russia paid $48.6 billion Soviet Unions debt to France- to the Crimean Tatars. (The same way Hungarian - Jewish families, have been compensated by USA, or Greek families by Turkey…),
2. 116 Crimean Tatars villages (see list of the villages attached) were destroyed by the Nazis during the WW II. The justice will be served, only when the villages are rebuilt by the countries who are responsible for the burning of these villages (Germany, Austria.) In 2002-03, Germany rebuilt the village of Kalavrika in Greece that was burned by the Nazis during the WW II.
3. Former Soviet Union (now their remnant countries), must pay compensation for use of the Crimean Tatars as forced labors when the Crimean Tatars were deported in 1944. Germany and Austria did pay for the forced labors from the Crimean Tatars (please see the attached documents.)
4. During WW II, Japan bombed USA naval base Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Result: all Japanese-Americans were deported and put in a camp. In 1988, USA Senate issued a decree and all American-Japanese compensated with a payment of $20 000 each, and their confiscated possessions returned. (please see the attached documents.)
We are expecting justice, with your help, for our Nation, the Crimean Tatars, akin to what happened at the end of the twentieth century in Yugoslavia.
Fikret K. Yurter (Dipl.-Ing)