State of exception excluded Struma Ship as a camp
Giorgio Agamben who is considered to be a political and legal thinker introduced the theory of 'homo sacer,' which can be used to identify the on-hold situation of Struma Passengers. Non-citizen (homo sacer) Romanian Jewish Passengers in transit to the Promised Land (Palestine) were kept on the Turkish Sea during the 1940s when all institutions were banned to protect their fundamental rights. Eventually, the ship of Struma became a place outside of law, i.e. a place where law is suspended. Such a place can be considered to be a camp within the scope of a practice of thought that follows Agamben. This thesis tries to understand how the unlimited power of sovereignty creates ambiguous camps (ship as a barrack) at the sacred times of the state of exception. The controversial arguments by Giorgio Agamben allow to delve deeper in his context. in this work, Agamben's 'state of exception' coincides with several phenomena including bio politics, Turkish minority politics, the case of Struma and the notion of a camp. My thesis' ultimate aim is to go beyond what has been said to us so far, and, furthermore, to provide an argument to the effect that the unseen refugees from Struma ship became what Jewish prisoners were in Auschwitz.