12 Horrible Things That Happened on Christmas

The Sinking of the SS Patria

In 1940, on Christmas Day, about 1,800 Jewish refugees were fleeing Germany in an attempt to avoid what would prove to be one of the largest mass-killings in history. They were aboard a ship called the SS Patria. A Zionist organization had put a bomb on board, set to go off in the morning of the December 25. When it exploded, the ship began to rapidly sink. It only took 16 minutes for the ship to go down, killing 267 people in the process.

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