Running Through Fire
How I Survived the Holocaust

Zosia Goldberg
as told to Hilton Obenzinger
with an introduction by Paul Auster

Jewish studies / memoir
$15.95, 208 pages
ISBN 978-1562791285
ebook 978-1562791353

Zosia Goldberg's heroic and startling tale of surviving the Nazi Genocide begins with the siege of Warsaw, whereafter Goldberg escaped the Warsaw Ghetto through the sewer and went on to survive the Holocaust posing as a Gentile. She was a débrouillarde, 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.

“... Immediate and relentless ... Goldberg's extraordinary story is made all the more powerful by her matter-of-fact delivery.... From beginning to end, one horror is layered atop another with none of the opportunities for narrative buffers that a written memoir permits.... The unique, unforgettable power that it imparts to her story, and to all stories of survival, is particularly important now that the public is said to tire of hearing yet another Holocaust tale.” —San Francisco Chronicle

After surviving WWII, Zosia Goldberg (9/3/1918–3/3/2010) 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 with her son.




A poet, novelist, and critic, and a recipient of the American Book Award, Hilton Obenzinger previously published Cannibal Eliot and the Lost Histories of San Francisco with Mercury House. He teaches American literature and honors writing at Stanford University and lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife.



Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Man in the Dark, Oracle Night, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent book is Here and Now: Letters, 2008-2011 with Nobel-prize winning author J. M. Coetzee. Auster's work has been translated into thirty-five languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Holocaust image depicted on the book cover portrays the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, 1943. Photo credit: US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives.

Cover design by Scott di Girolamo.
Paul Auster photo credit: Arturo Patten.

This publication was funded by the
NEA Heritage & Preservation Series.