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Alex's Wake

A Voyage of Betrayal and A Journey of Remembrance
Goldsmith, Martin (Book - 2014)
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On May 13, 1939, the luxury liner SS St. Louis sailed away from Hamburg, Germany, bound for Havana, Cuba. On board were more than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. After being denied landing rights in Havana, the refugees were turned away by the United States and Canada and forced to sail back to Europe, where the gathering storm of the Holocaust awaited them. Two of those refugees were Alex Goldschmidt, a sixty-year-old veteran of World War I, and his seventeen-year-old son Klaus Helmut Goldschmidt. After their trans-Atlantic voyage, they landed in France. They would spend the next three years in one French camp after another before being shipped to Auschwitz in 1942. Sixty-nine years later, Martin Goldsmith, Alex's grandson and Helmut's nephew, retraced their sad journey. The book offers a compelling history of the voyage of the St. Louis, including testimony from those on board, a tale of espionage, and the brave resolve of Captain Gustav Schroeder. It also offers a harrowing chronicle of the vast network of camps in France, many of which were organized by the French themselves with little or no encouragement from the Germans.
Authors: Goldsmith, Martin, 1952-
Title: Alex's wake
a voyage of betrayal and a journey of remembrance
Publisher: Boston, MA :, Da CapoPress, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, 2014.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
Characteristics: vii, 344 pages :,illustrations, map ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Setting forth
Sachsenhagen
Oldenburg
Hamburg
The voyage of the St. Louis
Boulogne-sur-Mer
Martigny-les-Bains
Montauban
Agde
Rivesaltes
Les Milles
Drancy
Auschwitz
Coming home.
Summary: On May 13, 1939, the luxury liner SS St. Louis sailed away from Hamburg, Germany, bound for Havana, Cuba. On board were more than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. After being denied landing rights in Havana, the refugees were turned away by the United States and Canada and forced to sail back to Europe, where the gathering storm of the Holocaust awaited them. Two of those refugees were Alex Goldschmidt, a sixty-year-old veteran of World War I, and his seventeen-year-old son Klaus Helmut Goldschmidt. After their trans-Atlantic voyage, they landed in France. They would spend the next three years in one French camp after another before being shipped to Auschwitz in 1942. Sixty-nine years later, Martin Goldsmith, Alex's grandson and Helmut's nephew, retraced their sad journey. The book offers a compelling history of the voyage of the St. Louis, including testimony from those on board, a tale of espionage, and the brave resolve of Captain Gustav Schroeder. It also offers a harrowing chronicle of the vast network of camps in France, many of which were organized by the French themselves with little or no encouragement from the Germans.
Local Note: 15 18 53 76 80 113 118 133 152 210 211 278
ISBN: 9780306823220
0306823225
Statement of Responsibility: Martin Goldsmith
Copyright Date: ♭2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-332) and index.
Subject Headings: Germany Emigration and immigration History 20th century. Jewish refugees Germany Biography. Jewish refugees Germany History 20th century. Jews Germany Biography. Jews Germany History 1933-1945. St. Louis (Ship) Goldschmidt, Klaus Helmut. Goldschmidt, Alex.
Topical Term: Jewish refugees
Jewish refugees
Jews
Jews
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