The spiritual child of Atatুrk

There is no one who does not know Mustafa Kemal Atatর্rk’s love for children. So much so that he gave the children the gift of a unique holiday in the world! He was a great leader who did not hesitate to take care of children even in the most difficult situations during the war. He knew that the way to “the level of contemporary civilization” was through the importance given to children. For this reason, he has set an example for his country by focusing on children. In his speeches, he often talked about his love for children and his value to them.

For example, “Little lady, little gentleman! You are all a rose, a star, the light of the future …” or “Children should be protected from all forms of neglect and abuse, and in any situation should be treated more personally than adults.” He showed his love and sensitivity towards children, for example: in the eyes of Atatুrk, all the children of the nation were his children. However, some children had the opportunity to spend more time with Atatুrk. Atatুrk adopted eight children from different parts of Anatolia and took care of them for the rest of his life. Here is Atatর্rk’s spiritual child and his deep love for them …

Sabiha was born in 1913 in Bursa. He was the youngest of 6 siblings. He lost his parents when he was in primary school. Atatুrk met Sabihar in Bursa in 1925. He has seen the difficult life of Sabihar very closely. He then talked to Sabiha’s elder brother and adopted Sabiha. Due to Atatুrk’s sensitivity to education, he was immediately admitted to Kankaya Primary School. After primary school, she was admitted to Uskudar Girls College. In 1935, he began training at the Aviation School of the Turkish Aeronautical Association.

Sabiha was a very good student. After successfully completing his education in Turkey, he moved to the Soviet Union to continue his education on aviation. After returning to the country, he entered the Eskihire Air School. He was an expert in fighters and bombers. He made a successful flight to the Sheikh Riza Rebellion in 1937. A year later, she best represented Turkish women on her Balkan tour, which she did at Atatর্rk’s request. Thanks to this, he began to be known in Europe. He worked as a headmaster at Turkkusu, a flight school affiliated with the Turkish Aeronautical Association. Sabiha Goken ended her successful aviation career in 1955. Sabiha Goken, one of Atatর্rk’s adopted children, went down in history as the first Turkish female fighter pilot to direct Atatর্rk’s direction and determination. Goken died in 2001 …

2. Ulku Adatepe

Vasquez Haneem of Thessaloniki, the mother of Ulku Adatep, was the adopted daughter of Jubeide Haneem, the mother of Atatুrk. Together they came to Istanbul from Thessaloniki. After Haneem’s death in Jubeid, Vasfiye Haneem settled next to Atadan, Maqbool Ataturk’s sister. Later, Vasfiye Hanım, who came to Ankara to see Atatুrk, married Tahsin Kukuroglu, who worked on a forest farm.

Ulku, the youngest of Atatুrk’s adopted children, was born in 1932. Atatুrk himself gave his name. Atatুrk took the meteor with him when he was only 40 days old and kept it with him for the rest of his life. He took the meteor with him on all his travels. Father and daughter were playing games together at Kankaya Mansion and swimming together in Flora. In the morning, Atatুrk was awakened by a meteor. Atatর্কrk was personally interested in ULQ education. The meteor was the greatest symbol of Atatুrk’s love for children.

3. Ayeshe Afet Inan

Atatুrk's spiritual child

Afet Inan was working as a young teacher at the age of 17 at Reddy Ilhaq Primary School in Izmir. They met on October 11, 1925, when Atatুrk visited this elementary school on his trip to Izmir. Like Atatুrk, Afet Inan was from Thessaloniki. Afet Inan wanted to continue his education, especially to learn a new language. He made this request to Atatুrk. With great emphasis on education, Atatুrk welcomed Inan’s request and took Inan to his protection.

Atatর্কrk sent Inan to Lausanne to learn French. After Afet Inan returned to Turkey in 1928, she continued her education at the French High School for Girls in Istanbul. After teaching there, he took the teaching test and got the teaching certificate. Later, he was hired as a teacher of history and citizenship at the Ankara Music Teachers School.

Inan later played a key role in establishing the Turkish Historical Society. He served as the vice-president of this organization for many years. He also served as the director of the Turkish Revolutionary History Institute at Ankara University. After receiving the title of Professor in 1950, he published many works on Atatর্কrk and Turkish history.

4. Nabil Irdelp

Atatুrk's spiritual child

Nebili came to the palace in Dolmabah with his 2 friends in 1927 to visit Atatুrk. At the end of the visit, his friends left the palace. However, Nabil joined Atatুrk’s adopted children and stayed with Atatর্rk. Later, he was sent to Ankara to continue his education. After finishing her education, she married Clark Tahsin Beck, head of the Vienna embassy. Of course, Atatর্কrk was among the guests at the 1929 wedding of Ankara Palace. Unfortunately, Nabil also fell seriously ill during Atatর্rk’s illness and died in 1943.

5. Stop Erkin

Atatুrk's spiritual child

Atatুrk and Ruki were seen while Atatর্কrk was visiting Konya. Rukie was an orphan girl and unfortunately lived in a very bad situation. Atatুrk, who could not remain unresponsive to the situation, adopted Rukie and brought him to Ankara. Atatুrk took care of Rukie and gave her an education. After stopping, Captain Husnu married Erkin. Their wedding was held at the Dolmabahche Palace. Atatর্কrk and his adopted daughter Rukiye performed the opening dance of the wedding.

6. Zehra Aileen

Atatুrk's spiritual child

During Amasya’s visit, Atatর্কrk adopted an orphaned girl, Zehra. Thus Zehra came to Ankara. He attended elementary school in the garden of Kankaya Mansion, along with Atatুrk’s other adopted children, Sabiha and Rukiya. In the following years, he was sent to London to continue his education. However, he could not adapt to London and the boarding school he attended. On top of that, Atatুrk allowed him to return home. In 1936, on his way from London to Paris, he fell out of the window of the train he was traveling in and died. When news of Zehra’s death reached Atatুrk, “I am sorry now. She was a very intelligent and stubborn girl, I loved it, “she lamented. Zehra’s body was later brought to Istanbul and buried here.

7. Abdurrahim Tunchak

Atatুrk's spiritual child

Another of Atatুrk’s adopted children, Abdurrahim Tunkak, was an orphan who lived in a van. Atatুrk brought Abdurrahim to Istanbul and placed him with his mother, Zubeid Haneem. After winning the national struggle, Abdurrahim was brought to Ankara. He was admitted to an elementary school near Kankaya Mansion. After primary school, he was sent to industrial school. However, when Atatুrk marries Latif Hanim, Abdurrahim is sent to Izmir. He started living here with Honeymoon in Jubeid. After the separation of Atatুrk and Latif Haneem, he returned to Ankara.

Atatুrk wanted Abdurrahim to study abroad. Thus, Abdurrahim began his studies at the Berlin Technical University. All costs were borne by Atatর্কrk himself. Abdur Rahim received the title “Tunakak” in 1934. He worked as a translator for one of the delegates when the Savarona yacht was purchased. Tunakak worked for the Central Bank for many years and retired from there. Abdurrahim Tunak died in 1999.

8. Sığırtmaç Mostafa

Atatুrk's spiritual child

Mustafa was the son of a poor Bulgarian immigrant family. In Yalova he met Atatর্rk. Mostafa Yalova was a shepherd. He met Atatুrk while raising cattle. They chatted for a long time …

Since Mustafa grew up and lived in a poor family, he had some illnesses. Atatুrk took Mustafa to his safety and sent him to a hospital for infants. He was very interested in the medical process. After recovering, Mostafa was admitted to the primary school. He continued his education under the supervision of Atatুrk. He graduated from Military High School and Military Academy. He followed in the footsteps of his spiritual father and became an officer. After retirement, he returned to Yalova and died in 1987.

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