STRUMA and MEFKURE: report not adequate.
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Submitted by Harry Carasso (France), Jun 10, 2012 14:02
STRUMA and MEFKURE did not meet the same endings.
STRUMA carried more than 700 emigrants. She was torpeod by a Soviet warship which took her for a "transport de troupes".
The MEFKURE had two sister ships, BULBUL and XXX. BULBUL was supposed to carry also 18 Polish officers,who escaped from Poland to Romania in 1939. When it was found that somebody leaked the information to the German authorities, they were transferred to MEFKURE, but the information leaked also. So the MEFKURE was intercepted at large by a German patrol ship which sunked it. When the Germans found out that many people tried to reach the shore by swimming, they let trained dogs into the sea, which killed all the swimmers.This happened beginning August 1944: on the 24th, King Michael of Romania demanded an armistice to the Allies and rallllied them to fight the Germans..
This was established by Albert Finkelstein, whose sister died with the Mefkure. He sppent his lfe in searching for the truth and succeed, and wrote tw
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