Hales Çambel

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Hales Çambel was born in Berlin, German Empire back in 1916 to Hasan and Remziye. She graduated from the Arnavutkoy American High School for girls. She completed her education in archaeology at Sorbonne University in Paris. In 1944, she received her doctorate. For two years she was a visiting scholar at the university of Saarbrucken in Germany.

In 1960, she was appointed professor where she founded the Institute of Prehistory. In 2004, she received the Prince Claus Award in the Netherlands. She also founded a chair of Prehistoric archaeology at Istanbul University. She was married to Nail for 70 years before his passing in 2008. Sadly, she died in 2014, she was only 97.

What you may not know is that Hales was the first Muslim woman to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. She was invite by a female German official to meet Adolf Hitler, she refused it on political grounds.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray Hales refused to meet Adolf Hitler....reminds me of the great number of athletes today who refuse to accept invitations to OUR White House!!!

May 20, 2019 02:53 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

What a wonderful story of a great ground breaker - thanks for sharing

May 20, 2019 04:13 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

At least she made a decision.

Make yourself an astonishing day.


May 20, 2019 04:15 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Sounds like an extraordinary woman. Good one today.

May 20, 2019 04:17 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Hales stood her ground in difficult times. Good for her. Enjoy your day!

May 20, 2019 04:43 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I love reading about the firsts to set the stage for others to follow.

May 20, 2019 04:46 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - certainly know about the Berlin Olymics and Jessie Owens and how Hitler refused to acknowledge him.

May 20, 2019 04:51 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

She made an impact all over Europe and not meeting Hitler makes me admire her all the more.

May 20, 2019 06:33 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love coincidences.  My dad was supposed to be representing Lebanon in the 1936 Olympics.  He opted to stay put and take his entrrance exams to Engineering School in Lyon, France...A

May 20, 2019 07:02 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, she is quite an interesting woman, I have never studied archeology, but it is indeed fascinating.

May 20, 2019 07:26 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Her studies in archaeology reminds me of visiting the petroglyphs in and around Sedona. It takes us way back to another day to learn about people.  

May 20, 2019 07:34 AM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - an interesting history and I learned some things while reading the comments today as well.  

May 20, 2019 10:39 AM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

The pressure on her must have been tremendous so kudos to her for refusing to shake such a vile person's hand. 

May 20, 2019 01:18 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an interesting story!  We have so many people who contributed to our lives and we have no idea who they are. 

May 20, 2019 01:23 PM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Hales was a brave woman to turn down Hitler in Berlin in 1936. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

May 20, 2019 08:43 PM #15
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