World History

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

Martin Goldsmith

About the Program

Martin Goldsmith recalls the journey of 900 Jewish refugees aboard the cruise liner SS St. Louis that departed Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 1939.  The ship was denied landing in Cuba, the United States, and Canada, and ultimately forced to return to Europe.  Aboard the vessel were the author’s grandfather, Alex Goldschmidt and his son, Helmut, who upon their return would spend three years in French camps before being sent to Auschwitz in 1942.  Martin Goldsmith speaks with Diane Afoumado, chief of ITS Research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Survivors and Victims Resource Center.  The program is hosted by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

About the Authors

Martin Goldsmith

Martin Goldsmith's books include The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany. He is the host and classical music programmer for "Symphony Hall" on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.  For more information, visit the author's website

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Future Airings

  • Monday, August 4th at 4:15am (ET)

Past Airings

  • Sunday, July 13th at 10am (ET)
  • Sunday, June 29th at 6:30pm (ET)
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