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Alex's Wake

A Voyage of Betrayal and A Journey of Remembrance

Goldsmith, Martin

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Publisher: Boston, MA :, Da CapoPress, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, 2014.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9780306823220
0306823225
Characteristics: vii, 344 pages :,illustrations, map ;,24 cm

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