By Douglas Frantz
On the morning of February 24, 1942, at the Black Sea close to Istanbul, an explosion ripped via a boat jam-packed with Jewish refugees. One guy clung fiercely to a bit of deck, scuffling with to outlive. approximately 8 hundred others -- between them, a couple of hundred young children -- perished.
From this dramatic prologue Death at the Black Sea unfolds as a robust tale of patience and the fight for survival aboard a decrepit former farm animals barge known as Struma. the single route to break out led via Istanbul, the place the determined passengers came across themselves trapped in a remaining vise among the Nazis and international locations that refused them sanctuary.
The tale of the Struma, its passengers, and the occasions that resulted in its destruction is investigated and printed totally in shiny, parallel debts set six many years aside. One chronicles the diplomatic maneuvers and callousness of serious Britain, Romania, Turkey, and the remainder of the foreign neighborhood, which ended in the most important maritime lack of civilian lifestyles in the course of international battle II. the opposite a part of the tale recounts a contemporary try by way of a group of divers to find the Struma on the backside of the Black Sea, an attempt initiated and pursued through the grandson of 2 of the victims.
A vibrant reconstruction of a grim exodus aboard a doomed send, Death at the Black Sea illuminates a forgotten episode of worldwide conflict II and will pay tribute to the heroes, earlier and current, who preserve its reminiscence alive.