David Stoliar, Survivor of World War II Disaster, Dies at 91

For more than a half-century, David Stoliar remained a silent witness to the worst civilian maritime disaster of World War II, the only survivor among nearly 800 Jews fleeing the Holocaust in Romania aboard a refugee ship that was barred from Palestine, interned by Turkey for months, set adrift without power and torpedoed by a Soviet submarine in the Black Sea in 1942.

  • k1962

    Awful. I never heard about this before. So many are to blame.

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  • canminuteman

    This is nowhere near the worst civilian maritime disaster of ww11

    I don’t recall the name of the ship, but there was a German ship sunk on the Baltic in 1945 that was packed with 5000 odd refugees fleeing the Soviets . It was torpedoed and sunk by the Russians with the loss of everyone on board.

    • Minicapt
      • canminuteman

        Thanks for that.

    • God’s Honor

      That was a boat full of Nazis trying to flee Germany to avoid facing up to what they had done. Hardly a “disaster”.

      • canminuteman

        They were Germans being ethnically cleanses from the lands they had lived in since forever. The Russians were at least as bad as the Germans. If the German didn’t invade Russia when they did, the Russians would have eventually invaded If not Germany Poland and the Baltics, (oh yeh.. they did didn’t they)

  • What a guy. Larger than life.

  • marty_p

    See…..cry those on the Left, inhumanity such as this is why we have to make up for past mistakes and allow unfettered Mo immigration otherwise we are no better than the British who barred the Jews from Palestine or the Turks who refused sanctuary….
    Except there is a slight difference here – Mo’s have dozens of countries run by their co-religionists to take them in. Instead in the West be get hordes of Muslim Borg migrants trying to assimilate us.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I think this was the subject of a movie made in the 1970s called Voyage of the Damned…terrible story.

  • Shebel

    Before my time— but-didn’t Canada also refuse to take in Jews ?

    • Exile1981

      PM Mackenzie King wanted to but his Immigration minister was very anti-Semitic and refused to allow a ship to land in Canada and sent the Jewish Refugees back to Germany.

      • Shebel

        What year was that and what happened to them ?

        • Exile1981

          The Captain was a German and not a Jew. He even tried to run the ship aground on the UK coast to give them a chance to get ashore but British ships drove them off. On return to Germany he was sent to a camp for trying to help Jews. He survived the war and years later in post war Germany many Jews around the world sent him care packages because of what he tried to do,

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The British envoy who denied the Struma refuge in Palestine, Lord Moyne, was assassinated two years later partly because of his criminal act.