"This book which started as a gift of love from the author to her survivor parents-in-law, turns out to be a gift of seeing life anew to every reader. It enables us – no, it compels us-to see our everyday lives in a new dimension of appreciation, meaning and purpose. I urge everyone to look deeply into this book and accept its priceless gift of a new life.  . . .  

One can only bow one’s head, out of an unutterable gratitude, to the author for her contribution to the sacred narrative of our people. I call this book sacred, for (as with all forms of scripture) it tells not only what happened - but how to live in light of the story."

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg is the   

President Emeritus, CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; chairman, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 2000-2002.


“Karen has written a powerful and personal account of Sam and Esther Goldberg.  This book is a must read for those interested in the greatest crime in the history of mankind.”

Chris Webb, Author/Historian 

Founder of the Holocaust Historical Society, Whitehill, UK 

“It is vital that this book—as well as other accounts of the Holocaust— be preserved and disseminated widely to future generations to help prevent anything similar from ever happening again.”

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, Holocaust Survivor and Co-Author 

Four Perfect Pebbles

“We are haunted by the question of inexplicable evil.  If you want to be inspired in spite of the horrors one human being can do to another human being, read this book.”

Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland

“In Karen Treiger’s important book she tells the story of her in-laws. Their suitcases were filled with only tragic and bitter memories. Yet, they had the courage to pick themselves up by the bootstraps, wipe away the tears, turn despair into hope, and rebuild Jewish life.”

-Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean

Simon Wiesenthal Center

“Impeccably researched, well-crafted, and profoundly felt, this is a tale of hope and promise that emerges from horror and destruction, as well as one of the powers of the human spirit.” 

Steve Steinberg, Author and Baseball Historian

Urban Shocker, Silent Hero of Baseball’s Golden Age

"In capturing the storied lives of Sam and Esther Goldberg, Karen Treiger confronts the darkness of war and brings readers into the light, as we witness her grief transformed into gratitude, self-understanding and yes, joy.”

Barbara Mackoff, Author 

The Inner Work of Leaders

“The author’s quest to preserve this legacy yields a portrait of a multigenerational family with a passionate commitment to active and transformative remembering.” 

Katke Reszke, author 

Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland.

“This story, of survival, faith and family, will fill your soul with sadness, but ultimately with joy as well."

Timothy J. Boyce, Editor of From Day to Day: One Man's Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps, by Odd Nansen

“Treiger's important book seamlessly connects past and present and traces the arc of Polish Jewry- from Poland to hell and somehow, despite the odds, back again to Poland.” 

Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director, Jewish Community Center of Krakow


Shlomo and Shoshana under the sign to Bagatele, Sam's home town

Shlomo and Shoshana under the sign to Bagatele, Sam's home town


Song recorded by Goldberg Family.  Words from Psalms 30, music by Shlomo Goldberg.  Song sung to the Stys family in June of 2016. 

Goldberg family song (wav)





יְ-ה-וָ-ה--הֶעֱלִיתָ מִן-שְׁאוֹל נַפְשִׁי;   

חִיִּיתַנִי, מיורדי- (מִיָּרְדִי-) בוֹר.

זַמְּרוּ לַי-ה-וָ-ה חֲסִידָיו;

   וְהוֹדוּ, לְזֵכֶר קָדְשׁוֹ.

כִּי רֶגַע, בְּאַפּוֹ;

   חַיִּים בִּרְצוֹנוֹ:

בָּעֶרֶב, יָלִין בֶּכִי;

   וְלַבֹּקֶר רִנָּה.  

You, Lord, brought me up from hell;
    gave me life from the depths of the pit.

Sing to the Lord, you his righteous ones;
    and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;
Weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.


THE FORWARD - AUGUST 9, 2018:  Poland Must Reckon with How It Treated Jews During WWII, For Good and For Bad. 

THE JEWSH PRESS - AUGUST 17, 2018: Fewer Than One in 10,000 Survived - How the Eichmann movie connects to Sam and Esther's story

Contact Us


Book Launch Party


Minyan Ohr Chadash

5-7 PM

51st and South Brighton, Seattle,

Refreshments provided. 

Book Signing. 

Other Seattle Events

October 17, 2018

Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity

11:30 AM - 1 PM

2045 2nd Avenue, Seattle

October 18, 2018

The Summit at First Hill

3 PM 

1200 University Street, Seattle

October 18, 2018

Congregation Beth Shalom

7:30 PM

6800 35th Avenue NE, Seattle

October 20, 2018

Congregation Shaarei Tefilah

6250 43rd Ave NE, Seattle

October 22, 2018

Herzl Ner-Tamid

7:30 PM

3700 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island

November 8, 2018

Endless Opportunities

Temple De Hirsch Sinai

10:30 a.m. - 12 noon


January 20, 2019

Limmud Seattle

Bellevue College

May 2019

Stroum Jewish Community Center

Date and Time - TBD

New York Events

November 27, 2018

Congregation Rodef Shalom

Lunch Together


San Francisco and Bay Area Events

Stay tuned.   I'm working on it.