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NEW RELEASE

  

STARE LIPKI PRESS


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Karen I. Treiger

 Publisher/Author

info@karentreiger.com

www.karentreiger.com


A Family Journey to Learn and Document 

Survival of Parents during Holocaust:  Just Steps from Death Camp Treblinka, Poland

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON; AUDIBLE AUDIOBOOK & THROUGH INGRAM CONTENT 

SOON TO BE RELEASED IN POLAND  - POLISH TRANSLATION 


SEATTLE, Washington February 20, 2019 - My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story, by Karen I. Treiger, tells the harrowing tale of her husband’s parents, Sam and Esther Goldberg, who survived the Holocaust to ultimately settle in the United States. It’s also a journey of ancestry and discovery for their family, as they visited Poland in 2016 to retrace the Goldbergs’ steps from the Death Camp Treblinka, to a pit in the Polish forest (their hiding place), to liberation in 1944. 


Over 870,000 were murdered at Treblinka, but Sam Goldberg was one of approximately 65 prisoners to escape the Death Camp and remain alive until the end of the war. After escaping, he ran to the forest where he met Esther. She had evaded the Nazis twice. Through their determination, and with the help of two families of righteous Gentiles, named Styś, Sam and Esther avoided capture. 

Using letters found in Sam’s apartment after his death, author Karen Treiger located the three surviving children of the Styś family, who had provided a place for Sam and Esther to hide.  As the story unfolded, Sam and Esther’s life became Karen’s story.  Her blog was seen by a Polish Priest who reached out and introduced her to a Goldberg cousin who survived the war as a boy, Józef (Idul) Lis, who stayed in Poland, married and had three daughters. During their visit to Poland, Karen and her family were able to meet Idul and two of his daughters, Eva and Marta, and learn a little more about life during the Holocaust. 


All of this comes together in Karen’s book - the history, the miracles, the gumption, the discovery of her husband’s ancestry, the internet, the horror of humanity, the beauty of humanity. It brings to life the toll that the Holocaust exacted on so many, especially the Jewish community. This is also a story of hope, love and determination.  It reminds us that there are still lessons to be learned from the Holocaust. 



  

After 18 years of practicing law in Seattle, Karen Treiger felt an unmistakable call to explore the story of her in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg. Educated at Barnard College and New York University Law School --where she was editor-in-chief of NYU Law Review, Treiger made the momentous decision to retire from her law practice and pull together the threads of a family story she had heard for many years.


The result of her three-year inquiry is the widely praised book, My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story. In it, Treiger chronicles both Sam and Esther Goldberg's journey, including Sam’s escape from the death camp Treblinka, as well as her family’s experiences in Poland when they retraced the path from Treblinka to the pit in the Polish forest where they hid until their liberation.  As Treiger became invigorated and inspired by the people she encountered, Sam and Esther’s story became her story too. 


Since the book’s publication, Treiger has crisscrossed the country to bring this compelling story to a wide audience. In June she will travel to Poland to launch the Polish translation of the book and speak at the POLIN Museum and at the Krakow Jewish Festival. She has been named to the Jewish Book Council Author’s Network and the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity Speaker’s Bureau. 

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If you would like more information, please contact Karen I. Treiger, (phone), karen@treiger.com, www.karentreiger.com.


Editor’s Notes: My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story, by Karen I. Treiger, Stare Lipki Press, ISBN: 978 0 692 11579 4, Paperback: $14.99, Kindle $4.99, Audible Audio book $17.46.  The book is also available to book stores and libraries through Ingram Content.



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reviews and tributes

RABBI IRVING "YITZ" GREENBERG


This extraordinary book enables the reader to see the Holocaust through two different lenses. Each lens gives us a compelling view of a world, far from our present reality, which we need to know. Each lens opens a gate and leads us into a reality from which we return transformed. 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.” 


Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg, President Emeritus, CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 2000-2002


RABBI MICHAEL SCHUDRICH


"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



RABBI MARVIN HIER


“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 of Simon Wiesenthal Center


EPHRAIM KAY


"Karen Treiger, the daughter-in-law of two Holocaust survivors, Sam and Ester Goldberg, has written a riveting memoir of their life story- “My Soul Is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story”. Karen weaves two separate stories, that of Esther Wisznia from Stoczek, Poland and that of Sam Goldberg, of Bagatele, Poland.  Once the two meet in the Polish forest, not far from Treblinka in 1943, their story becomes one.  I highly recommend this memoir to anyone who wants to learn about resilience, courage and faith during the Holocaust."


Ephraim Kay, Director, The Jewish World and International Seminars for Educator, The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel 


MARION BLUMENTHAL LAZAN


"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 author of Four Perfect Pebbles.


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THE BOOK

Shlomo standing in the pit where his parents hid.

Information on the Book and the Author

My Soul Is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story

A Memoir by Karen I. Treiger

Memoir/History/ WW II/Holocaust

Including Maps, Bibliography, Endnotes, Family Trees, Discussion Guide 

Stare Lipki Press  

Trade paperback, 314 pages, 6x9, $14.95, 

ISBN 978-0-692-11579-4, Kindle e-book $4.99

Audible Audiobook - $17.46


Book Description: My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story, by Karen I. Treiger, tells the harrowing tale of Sam and Esther Goldberg, who survived the Holocaust to ultimately settle in the United States. Over 870,000 were murdered at Treblinka but Sam Goldberg was one of approximately 65 prisoners to escape the and remain alive until the end of the war. After escaping during the prisoner uprising, he ran to the forest where he met Esther, who had evaded the Nazis twice. They hid, with the help of righteous gentiles, in barns and a forest pit until liberation in 1944. This book brings to life the horror of the Nazis’ actions and the toll that it exacted on so many Jewish families. This is also a story of hope, love and determination; of a family rediscovering the path taken by their parents to find life and freedom in a new world. Sam and Esther’s story is one of love and the will to live no matter what they had to endure. It reminds us that we are still learning the lessons of the Holocaust. 


Author bio:  After 18 years of practicing law in Seattle, Karen Treiger felt an unmistakable call to explore the story of her in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg. Educated at Barnard College and New York University Law School --where she was editor-in-chief of NYU Law Review, Treiger made the momentous decision to retire from her law practice and pull together the threads of a family story she had heard for many years.


The result of her three-year inquiry is the widely praised book, My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story. In it, Treiger chronicles both Sam and Esther Goldberg's journey, including Sam’s escape from the death camp Treblinka, as well as her family’s experiences in Poland when they retraced the path from Treblinka to the pit in the Polish forest where they hid until their liberation.  As Treiger became invigorated and inspired by the people she encountered, Sam and Esther’s story became her story too. 


Since the book’s publication, Treiger has crisscrossed the country to bring this compelling story to a wide audience. In June she will travel to Poland to launch the Polish translation of the book and speak at the POLIN Museum and at the Krakow Jewish Festival. She has been named to the Jewish Book Council Author’s Network and the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity Speaker’s Bureau. 


The author is willing to speak in person or via video hookup to audiences anywhere in the  world.  Her presentations are educational, informative and inspirational.


Audience/Markets:

· Memoir

· WW II

·  Holocaust history

· Poles and people of Polish heritage

·  Israelis 



Advertising/Publicity Plan: Readings, autographing events, speaking engagements, seminars, media interviews, amazon and google ads., teaching students.


For more information: 

Name: Karen Treiger

Address: 340 15th Avenue East, Box J, Seattle, WA 98112

Phone: 206-777-5100

Email: info@karentreiger.com

www.karentreiger.com

MORE REVIEWS

BARBARA MACKOFF


"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 


CHRIS WEBB


“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 


STEVE STEINBERG


“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 


KATKE RESZKE


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


Katka Reszke, author 

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


JONATHAN  ORNSTEIN


“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 


TIMOTHY J. BOYCE


“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 

Janina - one of the Righteous Gentiles who helped Sam and Esther in hiding.

Janina - one of the Righteous Gentiles who helped Sam and Esther in hiding.

about the author

Karen I. Treiger


After 18 years of practicing law in Seattle, Karen Treiger felt an unmistakable call to explore the story of her in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg. Educated at Barnard College and New York University Law School --where she was editor-in-chief of NYU Law Review -- Treiger made the momentous decision to retire from her law practice and pull together the threads of a family story she had heard for many years.


The result of her three-year inquiry is the widely praised book, My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story. In it, Treiger chronicles both Sam and Esther Goldberg's journey, including Sam’s escape from the death camp Treblinka, as well as her family’s experiences in Poland when they retraced the path from Treblinka to the pit in the Polish forest where they hid until their liberation.  As Treiger became invigorated and inspired by the people she encountered, Sam and Esther’s story became her story too. 


Since the book’s publication, Treiger has crisscrossed the country to bring this compelling story to a wide audience. In June she will travel to Poland to launch the Polish translation of the book and speak at the POLIN Museum and at the Krakow Jewish Festival. She has been named to the Jewish Book Council Author’s Network and the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity Speaker’s Bureau. Her perspectives have been shared in The Forward and the Jewish Press. 


She is happy to speak to audiences around the world, in person or via video hook-up.  She a number of presentations, including: 


  • Sam & Esther: Escape, Rescue & Resilience
  • Meet the Goldbergs: A Tale of Holocaust Survival and Present Day Discovery
  • Step by Step: Researching and Writing a Family Memoir.

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WHERE HAS KAREN SPOKEN AND WHERE WILL SHE BE SPEAKING?

  

BOOK EVENT, INTERVIEWS, PODCASTS, AND ARTICLES


October 7, 2018

KING 5 Interview

https://www.king5.com/mobile/video/news/history/northwest-author-shares-family-connection-to-holocaust-in-her-new-book-my-soul-is-filled-with-joy-a-holocaust-story/281-8274298 


October 14, 2018

Book Launch 

Minyan Ohr Chadash, Seattle

5 – 7 PM


October 17, 2018

Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity

11:30 AM - 1 PM


October 18, 2018

The Summit at First Hill, Seattle

3 PM

 

October 18, 2018

Congregation Beth Shalom, Seattle

7:30 PM


October 20, 2018

Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Seattle

8-9:30 PM


October 22, 2018

Herzl Ner-Tamid, Mercer Island, WA

7:30 P

 

October 31, 2018

Interview on The Donna Seebo Radio Show

Warriors for Peach


November 6, 2018

Bill Kenower – Author2Author 

Podcast Interview


November 8, 2018

Endless Opportunities

Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle

10:30 a.m. - 12 noon


November 27, 2018

Congregation Rodef Shalom, New York

Lunch Together

11:30 – 1:


November 28, 2018

Young Israel of Ft. Lee, NJ

7:30 PM


December 13, 2018

Haller Middle School, Arlington, WA

11:00 AM


December 15, 2108

Seward Park Book Club

1 PM


 January 13, 2019

Village Books, Bellingham, WA

4 PM


January 14, 2019

Jewish Genealogy Society, Bellevue, WA

7:30 PM


January 15, 2019

Seniors – Kamiak High School

Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity

12 Noon


January 16, 2019

LimmudCast

Podcast Interview with Tamar Libicki

https://soundcloud.com/limmud-seattle/limmudcast-pilot-episode-karen-trieger-writing-a-holocaust-memoir


January 20, 2019

Limmud Seattle

Bellevue College


January 27, 2019 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle  – Connections Event

Dvar Tora


January 27, 2019 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

University Book Store, Seattle

3 PM


January 27, 2019 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

KING 5 TV Interview

Appeared at 10 PM on KONG 6; 11 PM on KING and 4 AM on KING 5


February 13, 2019

Third Place Books, Seward Park, Seatt

7 PM


February 17, 2019

Folio – Seattle Athenaeum

7 PM


March 3, 2019

Eastside Torah Center,  Bellevue

7:30 PM


March 5, 2019

St. Marks Episcopal Church, Seattle

12:30 PM


March 16, 2019

Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley, CA

11 AM


March 19, 2019

Rhoda Goldman Plaza

2180 Post Street, San Francisco

3 PM


March 19, 2019

Jewish Community Library & JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, CA

7 – 8:30 PM


March 26, 2019

Assumption-St. Bridget School, Seattle

1:15 PM


April 30, 2019

Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island, WA

7:30 PM


May 1,  2019 - Yom Hashoah

Kavana, Seattle

7 PM


May 2, 2019 – Yom Hashoah

Northwest Yeshiva High School, Mercer Island

8:30 AM


May 2, 2019 – Yom Hashoah

Seattle Hebrew Academy, Seattle

11:30 AM


May 2, 2019 – Yom Hashoah

Mirabella,  Seattle

3 PM


May 2, 2019 – Yom Hashoah

Temple Beth Am, Seattle

7 PM


May 21, 2019

Private Home

Upper West Side, Manhattan

7 PM


May 26, 2019

Private Home 

Upper West Side, Manhattan

4 PM


June 24, 2019

POLIN Museum, Warsaw

7 PM


June 26, 2019

Krakow JCC

Krakow Jewish Festival

TBA


ARTICLES & TV APPEARANCES:

Jewish in Seattle Magazine – Sweet Revenge, August – September, 2016


The Forward - Poland Must Reckon with How It Treated Jews During WWII, For Good and For Bad, August 9, 2018.


The Jewish Press - Fewer Than One in 10,000 Survived - How the Eichmann movie connects to Sam and Esther's Story. August 17, 2018.


Jewish in Seattle Magazine – Author Interview: Karen Treiger’s Family History Finds Holy Moments, By Rachel Roman, Oct. 23, 2018.


TV Interview on KING 5 TV – Oct. 7, 2018. 


TV Interview on KING 5 and KONG 6 TV – International Holocaust Day – from Book Event at University Book Store – January 27, 2019 – ran 3 time on news channels.

Treiger speaking at Book Launch

Treiger speaking at Book Launch

BE INSPIRED!

Author's Motive, Reader Experience, Unique Aspects, Intended Market

  

My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story 

By Karen I. Treiger,

 

The motive or purpose in writing the book has layers. 


· As time marches on, there are fewer eye-witness survivors to tell us what happened. We must shoulder the responsibility of passing on the stories and educating the world about the Holocaust. It is through individual stories that we see the true horror of those years. 

· Sam and Esther Goldberg’s story should join the lexicon of Holocaust literature. This book brings their story to life for their descendants and for the world. I am convinced that their story of rescue, resilience and survival will resonate with all who encounter it. 

· I had been thinking about this book for 25 years, but I was motivated to write the book after my father, Irwin Treiger, died in 2013. I took stock of my life and decided to leave my law practice to research and write this book. I haven’t looked back. 

· I hope to inspire others to research their own family stories. Once you begin, you may find a treasure trove. 

· By writing this book, Sam and Esther’s story has become my story. As my family went to Poland and met the Styś family and the Lis family, we took their experiences and entwined them with our own. It was life changing.

· I hope to leave the world a little richer than I found it. 


Reader Experience: 

I want the reader never to take life for granted again. Through learning about what Sam and Esther lived through, I hope the reader will look at his or her own life and ask what would I have done – if I was Sam or Esther or a member of the Styś family or Idul Lis? I also want the reader to understand that we can choose how to live in the world and we can be part of the change that we want to see. Finally, I want each of us to know that we can learn more about our family’s history and when we do, our lives will be deeper and fuller because of the knowledge and the journey that gets us there.


Unique Aspects:

The typical Jewish Holocaust experience was one of torture and death. The unusual story is one in which a person survived. Sam and Esther’s story is particularly unusual because Sam was one of approximately 65 to survive the Death Camp Treblinka, one of 50 to plan and execute the uprising, and one of two survivors who were brought to build the Death Camp in June of 1942. Esther survived the Nazi’s massacre of the Jewish community of Slonim and the round-up of Jews in Stoczek. She then hid in the Polish countryside for two years. Esther and Sam met in the forest after Sam escaped Treblinka during the prisoner uprising and so it became a love story as well. On top of their unique story, remarkable and miraculous events occurred as I was researching and writing this book. Through some letters written in Polish found in Sam’s apartment after his death, I located and met the three surviving children of the Polish families that aided Sam and Esther in hiding. Through my blog and a Polish Catholic Priest, we discovered that one member of the Goldberg family survived the war and still lives in Poland. In this way, the story takes on a 21st century dimension. The history, the miracles, the gumption, the internet, the horror of humanity, the beauty of humanity, come together in this book. 


Intended Market:

As evidenced by the many Holocaust-related books published and republished in the past 10-12 years, we see that there is a strong market for Holocaust books. This book will draw on a vibrant market with several elements:

· History lovers. There is a market for this book among history readers. It is through learning about individual stories that the War can best be understood and I have endeavored to include many historical facts in the telling.

· Holocaust and Treblinka. There will be a market for this book among those interested in the Holocaust. It will be of special interest to those who wish to learn more about Treblinka and stories of Righteous Gentiles.

· Memoir. This book is a triple memoir and will tap into the current appetite for this genre. The book tells of the lives of Sam Goldberg and Esther Wisznia. It also tells my personal story as one who joined the Goldberg family as an adult and lovingly threw herself into the family’s story.

· Poles. There is a growing market for Holocaust literature in Poland. Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Polish people have been coming to grips with the Holocaust and the loss of Jews and their unique culture. Before the War, Jews constituted ten percent of the population. While there is a resurgence of Jewish life in Poland, the vibrant pre-war Jewish community of three and a half million was destroyed. Books by Jan Gross, which highlight the complicity of the Poles in the murder of Jews have created a stir. The Styś family is an example of the righteous ones who helped. I intend to have the book translated to Polish.

· Israelis. There is a strong market for Holocaust books in Israel. Israel became home for many survivors. Now, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren live throughout the country. Israel became a State in 1948 and there is a feeling that it was built on the ashes of the Holocaust. Jewish Israeli high school students travel to Poland with their class and thus, the events of 1939-1945 are of deep interest. The chapters about my experiences in Poland will speak to the thousands that have traveled there and walked through Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka, with the myriad of emotions that emerge. I intend to have the book translated to Hebrew.

STUDENTS: this book is an excellent teaching tool for students.  The author is working on a curriculum she can share with teachers.

Sam and Esther Goldberg

Sam and Esther Goldberg

TREBLINKA

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TREBLINKA FACT SHEET

   

· Treblinka was a German Death Camp established 68 miles North East of Warsaw, Poland’s capital. 

· It was part of the Nazi’s Operation Reinhard – the building of three Death Camps on Polish soil – Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. These camps were built as part the Final Solution - Hitler’s attempt to murder all the Jews of Europe. 

· Construction began in early June of 1942 and the first transports (cattle cars) filled with Jews from Warsaw arrived on July 23, 1942. Sam Goldberg was captured in Stoczek early June and brought to Treblinka as a prisoner and forced to build the camp. 

· The camp was run by approximately 25 German SS Officers, 100 Ukrainian guards and 800-1,000 Jewish prisoners.

· Initially, three gas chambers were built at Treblinka. Later somewhere between six and ten additional gas chambers were built to murder the Jews of Europe.

· Zyklon B (made famous at Auschwitz) was not used in these gas chambers. Carbon monoxide from an old Soviet engine was piped into the chamber, causing death by asphyxiation in approximately 25 minutes. 

· Unless selected for work, people were dead within 90 minutes of arrival.  [OVER]

· 870,000 people were murdered at Treblinka. Approximately 65 survived. Sam was one of the 65 and was one of two prisoners who were brought to the camp to build it, who survived to the end of the war. 

· On August 2, 1943, a group of about 50 men at Treblinka initiated an uprising – an attempt to escape. The 50 were split into cells with different jobs. Sam was part of the cell led by Shmuel Rajzman.

· Of the 800 prisoners at the camp on the day of the uprising, somewhere between 12 and 20 survived until the end of the war. Sam was one of these few survivors. 

· After the uprising on August 2, 1943, Treblinka continued to operate as a Death Camp, but starting in September, the Germans dismantled the camp, razing every structure to destroy the evidence of their crime. The remaining Jews working there were murdered and by the end of November 1943, Treblinka ceased to exist.  

· Today a memorial stands at the site of Treblinka. Thousands of stones scatter the area. Each stone represents the murder of an entire town.