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Wikipedia Article: CHANIA, (Crete); Within subheading: CHANIA IN WWII, it observes: "The Jewish community of Chania was also eliminated during the German occupation. Most of them were transported off the island by the Nazi occupiers in 1944. Tragically a British torpedo sank the ship TANAIS carrying most of the Jewish prisoners, killing the island's pre-war community." (at Heraklion, Crete)

  Going to web site www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/mm.htm, and note that the ship TANAIS, built in 1867, was sold at Nagashi in 1901, one assumes for scrap.         Then going to web site www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/3117.html.  There a vessel TANAIS was sunk on 23oct1943 by U-23 (Rolf-Birger Wahlen) while lying at anchor off Poti, Republic of Georgia.     Different endings for the life of two vessels named TANAIS.

Now going to web site: www.yvelia.com/kolhakehila/archive/sites/hania/hania_syn_ded_br_003.htm, where it states, " The 265 Jews who lived in Crete at that time, under the leadership of 74-year old Rabbi Elia Osamo, were assembled by the Germans in order to be sent to the death camps. After several days in prison, they were placed on the ship "DANAE" at Heraklion port, together with Greek hostages and Italian prisoners of war. The ship was sunk at sea on June 9, and none of those on board survived. It was initially believed that the Germans had deliberately sunk the ship, but it is now known that the ship, which had brought supplies to the German troops on Crete, was damaged on its way to the mainland by a torpedo fired by the British submarine "Vivid."

I was going to suggest that the correct name of the vessel that was sunk in 19944 off Heraklion would probably be the Danae, but doing a search for ship Danae also produces more vessels by that name, one a heavy cruiser in the British Navy which was in action at Normandy, and another that appears to be a post war tourist cruiser. I don't know what the correct name of the tragic vessel was, but suspect that TANAIS is probably not it. A minor point when you compare it to the cruel loss of life, which itself was yet a small component of a huge genocide by the Germans during WWII. ____Robert in Seattle


  • I wonder if we should make a summary of any events in Chania mentioned at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Crete to expand this section slightly, and then link through to the wider article on the Battle of Crete in the region, which was quite significant?

In the meantime should it be edited to say "a" boat rather than a named boat? currybet 19:41, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Free images, larger scope[edit]

The images here for the most part are copyrighted, and are very small. I have numerous images taken by myself during my many visits to Kreta- specifically Xania, Rethymno and Iraklion that I will make free for everyone, and they are much larger. Later on today I will put them here. Monsieurdl 13:43, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Turkish Orthography[edit]

I am correcting here the orthogaphy of turkish names, and also pointing to the infactuality of "most turks having stayed until 1922" as they were mostly massacred. --88.245.31.51 (talk) 13:46, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Directory[edit]

I removed the list of Landmarks because, according to WP:NOTDIR - Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate list of information. Thus a whole list on landmarks qualifies as such. El Greco(talk) 16:04, 15 September 2009 (UTC)


Geography Section[edit]

The Geography section is completely wrong and should be corrected. No, Chania (at least the city of Chania supposedly described by this article) is not in the United Kingdom (!!!) Please fix —Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.70.85.207 (talk) 18:37, 29 October 2010 (UTC)


mentioned by Homer?[edit]

The article notes: "mentioned in Homer's Odyssey (iii.330)". This does not appear to be the case. Book 3 line 330 is either "As Nestor finished, the sun was going down, with darkness coming on." or "He’s a righteous and intelligent man," (I am not sure which line number is used in http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/homer/odyssey3.htm). Can somebody check and correct? thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 137.108.145.40 (talk) 12:09, 5 March 2013 (UTC)