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Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance
Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of RemembranceThursday, April 16, 2015 - 7:00 pm
To mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), author Martin Goldsmith discussed his compelling new book, Alex's Wake.
“Powerful and evocative”
— New York Journal of Books
“[a] demonstration of the healing power of storytelling”
— Boston Globe
In 1939, the SS St. Louis, carrying 900 Jews attempting to flee Nazi Germany, sailed from Hamburg bound for Havana. After being turned away by Cuba, the US, and Canada, the ship was forced to return to Europe. Among the passengers were Alex Goldschmidt and his 17-year-old son Helmut, who spent the next three years in one French camp after another before being shipped to Auschwitz. Sixty-nine years later, Martin Goldsmith, Alex’s grandson and Helmut’s nephew, retraced their journey, spending six weeks and traveling more than 5,700 miles. Alex's Wake s his eyewitness report.
Martin Goldsmith is the Peabody-winning classical music host of Symphony Hall on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. For ten years he hosted NPR’s daily classical music program, Performance Today. In his first book, The Inextinguishable Symphony, he told his parent’s story of participation in the Jewish Kulturbund, a performing arts ensemble exploited as propaganda by the Nazis.
This program was made possible with support from the Bernard and Rochelle Zell Center for Holocaust Studies at Spertus Institute.