When Turkish authorities decided to tow a ship with no working engine into the trouble;ed waters of the Black Sea What were they thinking? Did they believe that the ship would magically land on safe harbor? They knew that it would eventually sink and the passengers lost and they did it anyway. As a Turkish born 62 year old American Jew who lived 30 years in Turkey 1. Turkish government did all the goods to Jews out of self benefit. However some righteous Turkish individuals such as Diplomats Kent and Selahattin Ulkumen did it out of their personal humanity and my family in particular is grateful to them. 2. WhileTurks were accepting about 30 German Jewish professors during the WW II, they were not only denying safe passage to the Struma but also persecuting their own Jewish Citizens with the infamous tax law (Varlik Vergisi) and a so called military service for minorities called the 20th draft.
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from the article: Turkey's Jewish narrative: tolerance and dark side