768 people who lost their lives in the Struma Disaster on February 24, 1942, were commemorated on its 80th anniversary with a ceremony organized on the coast of Sarayburnu, Istanbul.
The General Coordinator of the Turkish Jewish Community, Deniz Saporta, who gave a speech during the Struma Commemoration Ceremony, talked about the situation the people boarding the ship were in and why they had to endure it even though they had known the Struma was not a safe way to leave Romania.
Deniz Saporta expressed that they “would like to state our wish in public, as the Turkish Jewish Community, for a memorial to be built so that this disaster is never forgotten, at Sarayburnu and surroundings that are rather significant in the context of the Struma Disaster, and we would like to emphasize that we are ready to perform all the necessary endeavors with the National Government as well as the Local Administration”.
Following Mrs. Saporta, the Deputy Governor of Istanbul Dr. Hasan Hüseyin Can gave a speech expressing the importance of remembering, understanding, not forgetting, and making sure this horrific incident will not happen again.
Finally, Rabbi Jak Sarfati and Chief Rabbi Isak Haleva recited prayers for the victims of the Struma Disaster. The ceremony ended with the laying of wreaths and carnations to the sea.