QA-3, 24 February 2022, Statement of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Tanju Bilgiç, in Response to a Question Regarding the Commemoration Ceremony to be Held on the Anniversary of the “Struma” incident

Republic Of Türkiye Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 24.02.2022

We commemorate with respect all those Jewish refugees who lost their lives in the Struma vessel on 24 February 1942 while trying to flee the Nazi persecution during the Second World War.

The Struma vessel, carrying refugees fleeing the persecution of the Nazi regime and its collaborators was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine in the international waters of the Black Sea on 24 February 1942.

In order to commemorate 768 people who lost their lives in this tragic incident, a memorial ceremony will be held in Istanbul on 24 February this year as well.


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