Yom HaShoah Commemoration with local author, Karen Treiger

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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Yom HaShoah Commemoration – with local author, Karen Treiger, as she shares her new book – My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story

Join Kavana friends for a poignant evening commemorating Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Karen Treiger, a friend of the Kavana community, will be sharing the powerful wartime experiences of her in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg.  As she writes: "The dead of Poland speak loudly from the ashes, but the living find new voices."  Refreshments and book signing to follow. 7:00-8:30pm at a Belltown location.

About the Book: Sam Goldberg escaped the Treblinka Death Camp during the prisoner revolt on August 2, 1943.  Running to the woods, he met Esther, who was hiding there.  For another year until liberation, they hid together in barns and in a pit in the forest. The author, married to Sam and Esther’s son, uncovers details of their wartime experiences and travels to Poland to meets the families of the Righteous Gentiles who helped them survive. The dead of Poland speak loudly from the ashes, but the living find new voices.  The author listens to these voices and finds her own in the process.


About Karen 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.

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