Press "Enter" to skip to content

New PDF release: Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of

By Martin Goldsmith

ISBN-10: 0306823233

ISBN-13: 9780306823237

A story of 2 journeys...

On may possibly thirteen, 1939, the luxurious liner SS St. Louis sailed clear of Hamburg, Germany, sure for Havana, Cuba. On board have been greater than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. yet an detached international conspired opposed to them. After being denied touchdown rights in Havana, the refugees have been grew to become away through the U.S. and Canada and compelled to sail again to Europe, the place the collection hurricane of the Holocaust awaited them.

Two of these refugees have been Alex Goldschmidt, a sixty-year-old veteran of global struggle I, and his seventeen-year-old son Klaus Helmut Goldschmidt. After their trans-Atlantic voyage, they landed in France. they'd spend the following 3 years in a single French camp after one other earlier than being shipped to Auschwitz in 1942.

Sixty-nine years later, Martin Goldsmith, Alex's grandson and Helmut's nephew, retraced their unhappy trip. starting in decrease Saxony the place Alex was once born, Martin spent six weeks at the highway and lined greater than 5,700 miles, atmosphere foot on the planet Alex and Helmut trod in the course of their ultimate days. Alex's Wake is Martin's eyewitness report.

The booklet deals a compelling background of the voyage of the St. Louis, together with testimony from these on board, a story of espionage, and the courageous unravel of Captain Gustav Schroeder. It additionally bargains a harrowing chronicle of the significant community of camps in France, a lot of which have been equipped through the French themselves with very little encouragement from the Germans.

But Alex's Wake is usually a modern travelogue and a heartfelt memoir of a second-generation American Jew attempting to make experience of his history and to flee the load of guilt and worry he lengthy notion was once his sole inheritance. environment forth with the irrational, very unlikely wish to store participants of his family members who have been murdered ten years sooner than he was once born, Goldsmith concludes his trip by means of coming domestic to a relocating image of remembrance at one of many scenes of the crime.

Show description

Read or Download Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance PDF

Best holocaust books

Download e-book for iPad: After the Fall: German Policy in Occupied France, 1940-1944 by Thomas J. Laub

German coverage in occupied France through the moment global warfare was once in lots of methods a narrative of sour inner clash among many of the German companies in control of the career. After the autumn offers an in depth research of the fight among those various enterprises, highlighting the numerous changes in ideology, coverage, and technique among the military, the SS, and the diplomatic carrier, and the rivalries among them of their fight for dominance.

Download e-book for kindle: Surviving Hitler's War: Family Life in Germany, 1939-48 by H. Vaizey

This vivid recreation of relatives lifestyles as skilled in Nazi Germany in the course of and after the second one international struggle tells the tales of mum and dad, little children, mom and dad and kids, of their personal phrases. From determined final letters despatched to their family by way of doomed infantrymen at Stalingrad, to diaries stored by way of ladies attempting to continue their households alive because the towns they lived in have been devastated via consistent bombing raids, this booklet provides a brand new and sometimes unexpected account of relations lifestyles below the main severe stipulations.

Jan M. Ciechanowski's The Warsaw Rising of 1944 PDF

Why did the Polish underground domestic military demand what proved to be a suicidal rebellion? Why did they make a decision that their poorly armed troops should still by myself unencumber Warsaw presently sooner than the Soviet access into the capital? Why have been the impending Russians now not expert? Why did the purple military fail to take Warsaw within the first days of August 1944 as either Stalin and Bor-Kornorowski had expected?

Download PDF by Frank Ephraim: Escape to Manila: FROM NAZI TYRANNY TO JAPANESE TERROR

With the increase of Nazism within the Nineteen Thirties greater than 1000 ecu Jews sought shelter within the Philippines, becoming a member of the small Jewish inhabitants of Manila. while the japanese invaded the islands in 1941, the peaceable lifestyles of the hardly settled Jews jam-packed with the types of uncertainties and oppression they suggestion they'd left in the back of.

Extra resources for Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance

Sample text

He spoke about a master race, the Aryan race, Arbeit macht frei (work gives freedom), the victory of the Germans, and how Germany had won for Europe. He also vowed to get rid of the Jews. We turned the radio on and off, but it seemed as if this speech lasted forever. That night I found that I hated the German language; it seemed harsh and distasteful to me. We had a number of German collaborators in Holland, called the Nationaal Socialistische Beweging, or the NSB. The most notorious of them was a man named Mussert, a civil engineer.

A few days went by. We were in agony. We could see Rotterdam burning and could even smell the smoke. Still no Felix. We heard h o l l a n d i n va d e d 47 on the radio that The Hague had been hit, that the Germans had ruined a great deal of the west coast, and that thousands of people in Rotterdam had lost their lives. We also heard that Belgium and Luxembourg as well as France had all been attacked on that tragic day of May 10, 1940. Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands surrendered after five days of relentless bombing and destruction.

I remember the day Felix arrived at Miss Morling’s. In spite of his physical limitations at the time, Felix resorted to his old active self. He wasted no time trying to get in touch with the authorities to obtain a permit to stay in England. But this was not to be. Felix was a native of Germany, and that was enough reason for the British to refuse him a permanent stay. Even though Felix was at the board- the odyssey of the ss S I M O N B O L I VA R 39 inghouse, he was still under the doctor’s care every day.

Download PDF sample

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

by George

Rated 4.02 of 5 – based on 13 votes