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My Soul is Filled with Joy


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Karen Treiger lives in Seattle, Washington. She retired from her law practice in 2015 to research and write My Soul is Filled With Joy: A Holocaust Book. She graduated from New York University Law School (order of the Coif) in 1988, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1983. Her work experience ranges from a Legislative Assistant to Senator Slade Gorton (1983-1985), business law for a large Seattle law firm, and her most recent law practice of fourteen years with the boutique law firm of Thompson, Howle & Vaughn, where she practiced in the area of elder law. She is married to Shlomo Goldberg and they have four adult children and three children-in-law. She loves to water ski and snow ski and has run a sprint triathalon (swim, bike, run) for the past ten summers. She loves to read and listen to audio books. Treiger's Law Review Note, published in 1987 was entitled Preventing Patient Dumping: Sharpening the COBRA's Fangs. New York University Law Review 1987 Dec: 61(6) 1186-223. More recently she had the following articles published: The Jewish Press (Fewer than One in 10,000 Survived - August 17, 2018); Forward (Poland Must Reckon with How it Treated Jews During WWII; For Good and For Bad - August 9, 2018); and Jewish in Seattle Magazine (Sweet Revenge - August-September 2016). In the spring of 2016, Treiger received a Certificate in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education. She in an accomplished speaker and has presented at many Continuing Legal Education Conferences and events in Seattle's Jewish community where she is an active volunteer. She is a member of the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity's Speaker's Bureau.


"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 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

"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

"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"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"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."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

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