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The Struma


In the waning days of 1941, a converted yacht called the Struma carried 769 Romanian Jews fleeing Ion Antonescu's brutal Nazi-supported regime from the Black Sea coastal town of Constanta to British-controlled Palestine. After only a couple days out to sea, the ship developed engine trouble and was forced to harbor in Istanbul's harbor. For two months a complicated political and diplomatic struggle ensued between Germany, Turkey, Britain, the Soviet Union. Eventually, the harried passengers where herded...more