THE STRUGGLE FOR MODERN TURKEY
Justice, Activism and a Revolutionary Female Journalist
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A selection of photographs and publications that illustrate Sabiha Sertel’s pioneering and often tumultuous career as modern Turkey’s first professional female journalist.
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Sabiha Nazmi in Salonica, 1903
Sabiha and Zekeriya Sertel newly married, 1915
Sabiha Sertel wearing carşaf after arriving New York City, 1919
Sabiha Sertel quickly changed into fashionable western dress; with Zekeriya and daughter Sevim, New York City, 1919
Turkish scholarship students at Columbia University, New York City 1919. Sabiha (2nd left), Zekeriya and two-year-old daughter Sevim (bottom right)
Covers of Resimli Ay (Illustrated Monthly), the Sertels’ groundbreaking magazine launched in 1924, served as a forum for opposition voices.
Resimli Ay illustration: Modern young woman exercising in underwear
Resimli Ay child welfare story
Sertels rise to prominence as publishers, 1930s
Tan publishing house postcard
Tan front page, 1939 Headline reads: “Hitler Says Germany Threatens No One”
Dec. 4, 1945 Tan destroyed by mob of thousands
rioters heaving printing equipment from windows
Dec. 4, 1945, Police watch on as Tan destroyed
Cumhuriyet front page Dec. 5, 1945. The destruction of Tan made headlines in Turkey and worldwide.
Dec. 5, 1945 The day after the Tan riot, Cumhuriyet published this caricature of Sertel, depicting pro-government journalists assaulting her.
Istanbul March 1946 After the Tan riot, only the Sertels and Tan colleagues were arrested. Sertel defended herself in a headline-making trial.
Sabiha Sertel reading to grandchildren Sevim and Denis O'Brien, 1948 Moda
Yalta, April 24th, 1966, Photo sent from exile in the Soviet Union to American relatives
Images courtesy of the Sertel Family Archives
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