Karen I. Treiger

Author: “My Soul is Filled with Joy”


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. 




SJCC  Blog Post  (May 2019) – “Karen Treiger’s Soul is Filled with Joy”::  


Everett Community College Clipper:  “Visiting Author Delivers Passionate Account of Holocaust Survivors”:  https://everettclipper.com/9646/news-features/visiting-author-delivers-passionate-account-of-holocaust-survivors/ 

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.