Martin Goldsmith On His Family's Struggle Through World War II
In 1939, the SS St. Louis left Hamburg, Germany en route to Havana, Cuba, with more than 900 Jewish Refugees on board, hoping to escape Nazi persecution. Cuba refused to accept the refugees. Then, the United States and Canada refused to accept them, and the ship was forced to return to Europe. Two of the passengers on that ship, Alexander Goldschmidt and his son, Helmut Goldschmidt are the subject of a book by Alexander’s grandson, Martin Goldsmith.
Martin lives in Bethesda, and may be familiar to you as the host of Symphony Hall on Sirius XM radio, and the former host of NPR’s Performance Today. His book is called Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance. Tom spoke with him about the book in September 2014.