Running Through Fire: How I Survived the Holocaust [NOOK Book]

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Du solst starben zwischem goyem! ?A fellow Jew within the Warsaw Ghetto, offended by Zosia Goldberg's Polish of no Yiddish accent, spat at her in Yiddish: "May you die amongst the goyem!" Zosia took this "curse" instead as a message from God. Her dramatic tale begins with her escaping the Warsaw Ghetto through the sewer, whereafter she survived the Holocaust posing as a Gentile.

Zosia did not die amongst the goyem, and yet along her dangerous journey she should have died on ...

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Overview

Du solst starben zwischem goyem! ?A fellow Jew within the Warsaw Ghetto, offended by Zosia Goldberg's Polish of no Yiddish accent, spat at her in Yiddish: "May you die amongst the goyem!" Zosia took this "curse" instead as a message from God. Her dramatic tale begins with her escaping the Warsaw Ghetto through the sewer, whereafter she survived the Holocaust posing as a Gentile.

Zosia did not die amongst the goyem, and yet along her dangerous journey she should have died on numerous occasions. She was a d├ębrouillarde, someone who could run through fire without getting burned. Hers is a story of resistance at every turn, of continual attempts at sabotage, of perpetually escaping and defeating the enemy.

Her account is filled with unique energy and a wonder at the strangeness of human behavior. For not only did she suffer bitter betrayals by fellow Jews, she also encountered the unexpected sympathies of Nazis, and was at many times aided by her very tormentors. This is not just a story of the Holocaust, but of a woman struggling to make sense of human folly and depravity.

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At the urging of nephew Obenzinger, an American Book Award-winning poet, Goldberg recounts a Holocaust survival story as suspenseful as any novel. A beautiful, assimilated Polish Jew, Goldberg was able to live intermittently among the Gentile population of both Poland and Germany until the end of World War II. Here she describes the tension of her initial wartime adventures as a young woman in Warsaw and her relief at remaining undetected. But she did not come out of the war unscathed: she was constantly on the run to maintain her secret, was caught several times (but never identified as a Jew), and did forced labor. Goldberg refuses to see the people in her story in terms of black and white: some Nazis aided her in her deception, whereas some Jews were traitors. Along with other accounts of deep personal heroism during the Nazi era (such as Lucie Aubrac's Outwitting the Gestapo), this work shows how a strong, resourceful woman (with a lot of luck) overcame the grisly odds. With an introduction by Paul Auster; recommended for Holocaust collections and public libraries.-Maria C. Bagshaw, Lake Erie Coll., Painesville, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562791353
  • Publisher: Mercury House
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 257,843
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

After surviving WW2, Zosia Goldberg came to the United States, married, then moved to Caracas, Venezuela, to operate a garment business. She returned to the United States after her husband's death and currently resides in Florida. She has one son. A poet, novelist, and critic, and a recipient of the American Book Award, Hilton Obenzinger teaches American literature and honors writing at Stanford University. He lives in Palo Alto, CA, with his wife and son. Paul Auster is the author of eleven novels, including The New York Trilogy and the bestselling Timbuktu; three works of nonfiction; and three screenplays (including Smoke). He also edited The Random House Book of Twentieth-Century French Poetry and I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from the National Story Project.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xv
Before the War 3
The Siege of Warsaw 11
The Nazis Take Over 16
Cafe Sztuka 22
"We Will Meet in the Other World" 28
The End of the Family 32
"May You Die Amongst the Goyim" 38
The Brushmakers' Factory 42
Life Card 48
Escape from the Ghetto 56
In the Aryan Section 62
The Laboratory 66
On the Street 73
"Stupid Girl, You Are Going to Germany!" 80
Forced Labor 85
"It's a Long Way to Tipperary" 88
Sabotage 93
Escape 101
Prison 105
Prohno's Farm 113
"Do You Like Germans?" 119
The Black Forest 124
The Gestapo Jail 130
Blumenstadt 141
"Go to Buchenwald!" 150
The Chocolate Soldiers 155
France 157
Survivors 161
The William Jerman 172
Map of the Warsaw Ghetto 174
Photo Section 175
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    Posted January 2, 2008

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    Running Through Fire How I Survived the Holocaust was amazing. The events were so heart-breaking yet breath-taking at the same time. I absolutley loved it. I've never read another book that was so real and true. Just the fact that the kinds of things Zosia had to go through were 100% real, was awful. It's a great story that everyone should read if they want to know what really happened during WWII.

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