Alex’s Wake is a tale of two
parallel journeys undertaken seven decades apart.
the spring of 1939, Alex and Helmut Goldschmidt were two of more than nine
hundred Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany aboard the St. Louis, “the
saddest ship afloat” (New York Times). Turned away from Cuba, the United
States, and Canada, the St. Louis returned to Europe, a stark symbol of
the world’s indifference to the gathering Holocaust. The Goldschmidts
disembarked in France, where they spent the next three years in six different
camps before being shipped to their deaths in Auschwitz.
the spring of 2011, Alex’s grandson, Martin Goldsmith, followed in his
relatives’ footsteps on a six-week journey of remembrance and hope, an
irrational quest to reverse their fate and bring himself peace. Alex’s Wake
movingly recounts the detailed histories of the two journeys, the witnesses
Martin encounters for whom the events of the past are a vivid part of a living
present, and an intimate, honest attempt to overcome a tormented family legacy. Download and start listening now!