1940-1949 | Refusing refugees

785 refugees drown after Britain insists Turkey refuse them overland passage

24 February 1942 On 24 February 1942, the S.S. Struma, a small 240 ton vessel crammed with 786 Jewish refugees, including over one hundred children, was sunk by a torpedo in the Black Sea. All but one of the passengers drowned.1 The sinking occurred after the British government pressured Turkey not to allow the refugees to…