Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance
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In 1939, the SS St. Louis sailed from Hamburg bound for Havana. On board were 900 Jews attempting to flee Nazi Germany. 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, author and radio personality Martin Goldsmith, Alex’s grandson and Helmut’s nephew, retraced their journey, traveling more than 5,700 miles. For Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) he will be at Spertus Institute to discuss his story, called "powerful and evocative" by the New York Journal of Books.