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Turkey marks anniversary of 1942 refugee ship disaster
Turkey marks anniversary of 1942 refugee ship disaster

Foreign Ministry remembers those who lost their lives when Soviet submarine torpedoed ship carrying Jewish refugees

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey on Saturday commemorated the victims of the Struma disaster of 1942, when a vessel carrying an estimated 769 Jewish refugees was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine in the Black Sea .

In a written statement, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Hami Aksoy said: "We commemorate in sorrow all those who lost their lives in the Struma tragedy, while escaping the Holocaust, one of the gravest disasters in human history.”

The Istanbul Governorship also hosted a commemoration ceremony with the participation of representatives of the Turkish Jewish Community, it added.

On Feb. 24, 1942, the Struma -- a vessel which departed from Constanta in Axis-allied Romania -- sank after it was torpedoed in international waters of the Black Sea, off the coast of the Istanbul province's Sile.

The disaster killed 768 people -- including 103 children -- who had been fleeing the Holocaust. There was only one survivor, 19-year-old David Stoliar, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 91.

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