David Stoliar, the lone survivor of the sinking of the MV Struma, passed away on Thursday at the age of 91 in the United States. Nearly 800 Jewish refugees and crew were on the Struma, which was trying to sail from Romania to Mandatory Palestine. It was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine on the morning of February 24, 1942, off the coast of Turkey.
Stoliar survived by holding on to a plank from the boat, which was built in 1867. He was detained until an outcry and strike in the mandate brought about his release. He fought for the British and took part in Israel's War of Independence. He lived and worked in Japan before settling in the U.S.