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By Martin Goldsmith

ISBN-10: 0306823233

ISBN-13: 9780306823237

A story of 2 journeys...

On might thirteen, 1939, the posh liner SS St. Louis sailed clear of Hamburg, Germany, certain for Havana, Cuba. On board have been greater than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. yet an detached global conspired opposed to them. After being denied touchdown rights in Havana, the refugees have been grew to become away through the USA 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 worldwide conflict I, and his seventeen-year-old son Klaus Helmut Goldschmidt. After their trans-Atlantic voyage, they landed in France. they might spend the following 3 years in a single French camp after one other sooner 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 used to be born, Martin spent six weeks at the street and lined greater than 5,700 miles, surroundings foot on this planet Alex and Helmut trod in the course of their ultimate days. Alex's Wake is Martin's eyewitness report.

The e-book bargains a compelling heritage 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 deals a harrowing chronicle of the mammoth community of camps in France, lots of that have been prepared via the French themselves with very little encouragement from the Germans.

But Alex's Wake can be a modern travelogue and a heartfelt memoir of a second-generation American Jew attempting to make feel of his history and to flee the weight of guilt and worry he lengthy concept was once his sole inheritance. surroundings forth with the irrational, very unlikely wish to retailer contributors of his kin who have been murdered ten years prior to he used to be born, Goldsmith concludes his trip by way of coming domestic to a relocating image of remembrance at one of many scenes of the crime.

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About the final solution, the defendants’ ignorance was most pronounced. Arthur SeyssInquart, who served as Reich commissioner in the Netherlands, testified that “I had people sent to Auschwitz. . The people were comparatively well off there. For example they had an orchestra of 100 men” (IMT 15:668). ” (11:348), testified that the term Sonderbehandlung (the code word for extermination, literally, “special treatment”) meant that persons so designated “were allowed to receive visits on several occasions, their wishes were cared for wherever they were” (11:339).

Rosenberg fidgets, peeks at screen, bows head, looks to see how others are reacting . . Seyss-Inquart stoic throughout . . Speer looks very sad, swallows hard . . ” . . Fritzsche, pale, biting lips, really seems in agony . . Doenitz has head buried in his hands . . 50 In his memoir of 1978, Airey Neave, who as a twenty-nine-year-old Oxford lawyer assisted the British prosecutorial staff at Nuremberg, described the impact of the screening in still different terms: 25 26 Nuremberg Several in the darkened courtroom were faint or sobbed quietly at the scenes described by a burly British lieutenant-colonel as he stood among the dead and dying of Belsen.

In British custody since his notorious Alleinflug (solo flight) to Scotland in 1941 and of questionable mental health, Hess provided a source of morbid fascination for many of the trial’s observers. (West found herself drawn to Hess’s “odd faculty, peculiar to lunatics, of falling into strained positions . . ”)11 Also in the dock were such leading government administrators as Hans Frank, the wartime governor general of Poland, and Wilhelm Frick, the Reich’s minister of the interior; and prominent officers of the military, including, most notably, Wilhelm Keitel, chief of the German high command (Oberkommandos der Wehrmacht—okw).

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