SS Struma, carrying Jewish refugees from Romania, tries to land in British controlled Palestine, and then tries to land at a Turkish port, and is denied opportunity to unload its human cargo. It is ordered out of port near Istanbul harbor, though its captain reports that the ship is not seaworthy. Once in the open sea, it sinks, killing 768 men, women, and children, with one survivor. The incident with the St. Louis previously in 1939, the Struma, and later the Exodus ship in 1947 stresses once again that the non-Jewish world is callous to Jewish life, and therefore only a Jewish state could ensure security of Jewish life.
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