Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

The St. Louis at anchor in Havana harbor, as small boats containing relatives of the ship’s passengers draw up alongside.  - From the book "Alex’s Wake," courtesy of The Associated Press.

The St. Louis at anchor in Havana harbor, as small boats containing relatives of the ship’s passengers draw up alongside.

From the book "Alex’s Wake," courtesy of The Associated Press.

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

In 1939, 900 Jews attempted to flee Nazi Germany on the ship the "St. Louis." Turned back at every port, the boat eventually returned to Europe. Many passengers ended up dying in the Holocaust, including Martin Goldsmith's grandfather and uncle. "Alex's Wake" traces Goldsmith's efforts to recreate his family's journey in order to bear witness to their suffering and honor their memory.

Martin Goldsmith's first book, "The Inextinguishable Symphony," told the story of his parents - Jewish musicians in Nazi Germany who made their way to the U.S. In his new book, "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance," Goldsmith traces the experience of his grandfather and uncle aboard the "St. Louis." Filled with refugees, the ship crossed the Atlantic, but was turned back at every port. His relatives eventually returned to Europe, and their deaths. Seventy years later, Goldsmith followed in their footsteps to bear witness and reconcile his own relationship with the past.

Guests

Martin Goldsmith

host and classical music programmer for "Symphony Hall" on Sirius XM Radio and author of "The Inextinguishable Symphony."

Alex’s “burial site” in the ruined foundations of one of the crematoria in Birkenau. Courtesy of De Capo Press.

Read An Excerpt

From Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance by Martin Goldsmith. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Press.

"Alex's Wake"

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