Book Hour: Alex’s Wake – A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance


This is one of the most thought-provoking personal memoirs I have ever read. A grandson traces his Jewish grandfather’s and uncle’s paths as they sought freedom from Hitler’s Germany. They even sailed on the SS St. Louis and saw the lights of the United States but, due to bureaucracies and politics, were denied permission to set foot in North America. They were forced to go back to Europe and landed in France. Where one would expect freedom, their fates only spiraled down into internment camps and, ultimately, death at Auschwitz. This book weaves their history, the author’s memoirs, the context of European history, art, and music, and serves as a travelogue for contemporary Europe. Few other books will evoke the feelings and passion this book creates.

Guest: Martin Goldsmith
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The Tim Danahey Show started in July, 2010 at internet station Castle Rock Radio. It started as a one-day-per week endeavor and quickly grew to five days per week. The show discusses economics, government, social issues, history, and non-fiction books in a magazine format featuring in-depth conversations with guests. Politics and inflammatory conversations are discouraged as they are divisive and counter-productive. Instead, the show seeks under-reported topics and delves into facts, different perspectives, and ramifications of each perspective.