The Struma

Poster for The Struma In 1941 nearly 800 Romanian Jews board a 46 meter boat called the Struma, a refugee ship bound for Palestine. The vessel is horribly overcrowded, the people are packed together like sardines, and then the engine fails. Limping along the Struma manages to reach Istanbul Harbor and then it waits while Turkey trying to stay "neutral" in the war deliberates the passengers' fate. Britain, enforcing its policy to limit Jewish immigration to Palestine, puts heavy pressure on the Turks not to let the ship pass through their territorial waters. On February 23, 1942 the Turks tow the disabled Struma out into the Black Sea. Twelve hours later a submarine locks on the boat and a single torpedo is fired. Twenty-four hours later, Turkish fishermen go out to the site and find only one survivor. In 2000 using information from the sole survivor the grandson of two Struma passengers leads an international team of elite divers to find the watery grave of his grandparents. Immediately a Turkish dive club claims to have found the wreck and with Turkish government support, attempts to obstruct the search for the Struma. Suddenly, contemporary politics mirror events of the early 1940's and the divers find themselves entangled in a 60-year-old cover-up. ( Source )

92 minutes
Simcha Jacobovici

Shown at

  1. Bucharest Jewish Film Festival - 2020

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