Link to King 5 Interview

Here is a link to the King 5 Interview I did this morning.  It’s only a few minutes.   Enjoy.



TV Interview – KING 5 – 9:40 AM Sunday

King 5

Friends, I am going to be interviewed on KING 5 TV on their Sunday morning news show at 9:40 AM.  It is a 3 minute interview, so if you blink, you will miss it.

If you are not in Seattle, you can watch it on your computer.

I think to watch live stream you need to remove your ad blocker.

Shabbat Shalom.   Karen




Book cover from postcard

I am thrilled to announce that the book is out!

It is for sale on Amazon – in paperback and kindle.

The audio book is being worked on and should be ready in early October.

I have no words to express my gratitude to all of you who have followed these blog posts for these three years.  Together we have journeyed to the depths of hell and emerged to the joy of living each day anew.

Let’s all celebrate at a Book Launch Party – October 14 from 5 to 7 at Minyan Ohr Chadash (51st and S. Brighton Street, Seattle).   You are all part of this story!  This is your book too.  Please spread the word about the book and about the events.

After you read the book (I hope you will), please write a review on Amazon.  It will help to publicize the book and get Sam and Esther’s story out to the world.

In October I will be having book events all around the city – see my website for more information.

I wish each of you a healthy and happy year.

B’ahava.  Karen



וֶהֱוֵי מְקַבֵּל אֶת כָּל הָאָדָם בְּסֵבֶר פָּנִים יָפוֹת

Receive every person with a pleasant countenance
This phrase from Pirkei Avot, Ethics of our Fathers (1:15), crowns Sam Goldberg’s gravestone, along with the verses from Psalms 30 that Shlomo turned into a song in honor of the Styś family.

See recent blog post about the song:

To me this phrase describes Sam above all else. He heeded these ancient words naturally and when he saw a friend, a neighbor, a stranger, he greeted them like they were the most important person on the planet.

“Hi, how are you!” he would say with his thick Yiddish accent.

I can still hear it like it was yesterday. But he is no longer here and as we commemorate his fourteenth Yahrzeit (anniversary of his death), I wish to say that I miss him.
I have been living with his words, his voice, his terror, his sadness, and his heroism these past three years and I feel his presence daily. He has taught me that we can withstand the worst evil and horror in the world and come out the other side as a kind, generous, happy person. In the midst of Treblinka, he refused to kill someone who wanted him dead. With pain and suffering all around him, he figured out a way to use the laundry pots to cook potatoes stolen from the Treblinka kitchen and take them to those in the “hospital.” He used his street smarts and ingenuity over and over again to escape and survive.

As the day nears that My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story will be made available to the public, I can only hope that he would be proud of me and happy that I wrote the book. The world is about to meet one of the quiet, secret heroes of the Holocaust and I couldn’t be more excited.
תהא נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים


[Photos: Top left – the Goldberg family circa 1959; top right – Sam and Ether Goldberg; just below – Sam Goldberg with Shaya Schloss at the DP Camp circa 1947; bottom – survivors of Treblinka uprising (Sam is back row, center)]


Krakow Micha and Shlomo Klezmer Hoise

[Photo:  Shlomo Goldberg, Micha Hacohen and Esther Goldberg in front of Klezmer-Hois, taken in June of 2016]

Shocked, I was shocked.  I recently learned that the Klezmer Hois, the Jewish-themed hotel and restaurant in the Kazimierz neighborhood of Krakow, Poland is owned by Jews. I write about the Klezmer Hois in my book – here is an excerpt:

Our first stop on Szeroka street was the Klezmer Hois (Klezmer House). The large sign outside explains that it’s a hotel and restaurant. It has Klezmer Hois in English lettering and Yiddish lettering. It has three separate small dining rooms, each packed with patrons having dinner. The “Hois” is decorated as a pre-war Jewish home. There are low ceilings and arched walls, lined with a picture of Hasidic-looking Jews with long coats playing musical instruments and framed maps of Poland and Galicia.  Another poster shows an idyllic scene of ancient Israel with Yam Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) in the background and a tall palm tree that dominates the foreground. Two figures appear in the picture, dressed in long, flowing robes of ancient times, resting next to a baby lamb under a white flowering tree. The bottom of the poster reads “COME TO PALESTINE.” If only. If only the Jews of Poland had been allowed to “COME TO PALESTINE,” they would have been saved. I burned with anger at the thought.  Each dining room of the Klezmer Hois had klezmer musicians. In one room, there was a small, dark wood table next the musicians with a Chanukah menorah in the center. They played to audiences of gray-haired non-Jews who sat in silence, eating dinner. Shlomo, Esther, Micha, and I stood in the back and sang along, dancing with our hands up high–Chasidic-style. The patrons stared at us as if we were aliens. The menu offered such Jewish delicacies as gefilta fish, Herb Herring, Litvak style salad, Yankiel the Innkeeper of Berdytchov’s Soup, broth with Matza balls, vegetarian Sabbath soup, three kinds of “beetroot soup,” and on and on.

Well, it turns out that the Hois is owned by Matgorzata and Wojciech Ornat.  Not only that, they also own Ariel, a Jewish-themed café down the block and a publishing house Austeria, from which thy publish books of Polish-Jewish interest.   An article in the Jewish Review of Books describes how as adults, Matgorzata and Wojciech discovered their Jewish roots.  Knowing that the Klezmer Hois and Ariel are owned by two Jews puts a whole new spin on these places.   After visiting in 2016, I felt that these restaurants were a terrible distortion of pre-war Polish-Jewish culture – a made for tourist destination – come see what the Jews used to be like before they were all murdered.

Well, I still think the Klezmer Hois, Ariel and all the other Jewish-themed restaurants in Poland are bizarre and kitschy, but now the news that at least these two, are owned and operated by Jews gives me new interest to look deeper.   Perhaps when I go back to Poland, I can meet Matgorzata and Wojciech and explore the deep meaning of being a Jew in Poland today and the secrets of the Klezmer Hois.


Source:  Austeria Rising, by Denise Grollmus, Jewish Review of Books, August 7, 2018.


Song Recorded by Goldberg family for Audio Book

Recording Song - David Lang Studio - Headphones

[Photo from Left to Right:  Jack Goldberg, Karen Treiger, Shlomo Goldberg, Shoshana Goldberg, Micha Hacohen, Esther Goldberg, Elisheva Goldberg and the newest member of the family – Judah Isseroff]

On Friday, my family recorded the song of thanks we sang to the Stys family in June of 2016 in Poland.  The words are from Tehilim/Psalms 30 and the music is composed by Shlomo.   Some of words are found on Sam Goldberg’s tomb in Israel.

The recording will be part of the audio book that will be released on October 1, through Audible.  The book will be narrated by Cheryl Stern, an actor who has been in many plays and has narrated other books, including Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story (great subtitle), by Marion Blumenthal Lazan.  I am very excited about this.

To hear the recording – go to my website and scroll down just a bit – you will see SONG.  You can click a button and hear us singing the song that will be in the audio book.

Recording Song - David Lang Studio - Fun