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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Former Miss Turkey’s inheritance to be distributed to firefighters

An Istanbul court has finally made a decision in an 18-year lawsuit involving the inheritance of Birsen Sakaoglu, who was named Miss Turkey in 1936. The court's decision confirmed that "the savings of 25 million Liras ($2.96 million) belonging to her will be left to the Fire Department and its personnel in the Fatih district. 

Following the Miss Turkey beauty contest in 1936, Sakaoglu settled in the United States with her husband, but eventually returned to Istanbul and started a new life in the Fatih district. 

Sakaoglu was no stranger to the Fatih Fire Department. The Fire Department saved Sakaoglu from a fire when she was child and again in 1999 when she was trapped in the flames at her home.

Sakaoglu passed away in 2003 at the age of 94, leaving a will which expressed her intention on donating her savings to the Fatih Fire Department that saved her as a "debt of loyalty." 

See Former Miss Turkey’s inheritance to be distributed to firefighters, The Hurriyet Daily News, September 14, 2021. 


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