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Alex's wake : a voyage of betrayal and a journey of remembrance / Martin Goldsmith.

Author/creator Goldsmith, Martin, 1952-
Format Electronic and Book
EditionFirst Da Capo Press edition.
Publication InfoBoston, MA : Da CapoPress, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014.
Descriptionvii, 344 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Supplemental Content Full text available from Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Subject(s)
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.
Abstract 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.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 331-332) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2012474565 2015413405
ISBN9780306823220 (hardcover)
ISBN0306823225 (hardcover)
ISBN9780306823718 (sc)

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