Belated remembrance

The ill-fated Struma illustrates what happens when Jews rely on others’ goodwill.

The ill-fated Struma illustrates what happens when Jews rely on others’ goodwill.

The excesses of Chutzpah never cease to amaze. A galling example was provided by Turkey’s purportedly big-hearted recent memorial for the 768 Jewish refugees (103 of them babies and children) who drowned off its coast on February 24, 1942 when WWII already raged.

These refugees from Nazi horrors were packed like sardines on the unseaworthy Danube barge Struma which left the Rumanian port of Constanza heading “illegally” toward British-mandated Eretz Yisrael. It barely made it into Istanbul Harbor. It couldn’t continue. Its makeshift motor failed. There was no fuel, food or water.

Contrary to what was asserted at the ceremony, Turkey was hardly magnanimous. Continue reading