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September 8, 2015
Review of Alex's Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St. Louis....
Alex's Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St. Louis to Flee Nazi Germany—and a Grandson’s Journey of Love and Remembrance by Martin Goldsmith.
This is the story of Alex and Helmut Goldschmidt two of more than 900 Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany aboard the St. Louis in 1939. Decades later, Alex's grandson Martin Goldsmith tells the poignant tale of how the ship was denied entry into Canada, United States and Cuba. The ship returned to Europe where Alex and Helmut were sent to Auschwitz where they died.
To write his story Mr. Goldsmith traveled in his grandfather's footsteps to revisit those horrific days. It is a moving and sad story of reconnecting with the past and taking a powerful journey with his grandfather and grandfather's brother.