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Two Pieces
of Cloth

One Family’s Story of the Holocaust

A new book from Page Two by author

Joe Gold

“My name is David Goldberger. My family and friends call me Deszer, or Deszy.”

So begins this remarkable true story of one family’s Holocaust survival. 

Written from the perspectives of David Gold and his wife, Aurelia Gold, Two Pieces of Cloth captures, with unflinching candor, the pain of a family torn apart by the horrors of World War II, and the faith, hope, and persistence that reunited them.

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Two Pieces
of Cloth

One Family’s Story of the Holocaust

A new book from Page Two by author

Joe Gold

“My name is David Goldberger. My family and friends call me Deszer, or Deszy.”

So begins this remarkable true story of one family’s Holocaust survival. 

Written from the perspectives of David Gold and his wife, Aurelia Gold, Two Pieces of Cloth captures, with unflinching candor, the pain of a family torn apart by the horrors of World War II, and the faith, hope, and persistence that reunited them.

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Book cover from Two Pieces of Cloth, a book from Page Two Publishing
Torn apart by war. Reunited through faith.

In this remarkable true story of the Holocaust, we follow David Goldberger from the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, back to Budapest where his wife, Aurelia, and infant son are hiding under false Christian identities.

By the time he is liberated by the allies, Goldberger weighs a skeletal sixty-five pounds and is told to wait for the Slovakian legion to rescue him. With the threat of typhus looming, Goldberger instead escapes with a group of men to Hannover. There, he is given two pieces of wool cloth—the key to rebuilding his future as he searches for his wife and child. 

Drawn from survivor testimony, personal conversations, and archival documents, and vividly brought to life by Goldberger’s son Joe Gold, Two Pieces of Cloth bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust, while serving as a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

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Dr. William Recant

I am moved beyond words . . . Joe Gold’s Two Pieces of Cloth is an invaluable piece of not only one family’s story, but emblematic of the story of the Holocaust. Joe has captured the first-hand feelings and experiences coupled with the historical background that contextualizes his family’s story of resilience and survival. Joe’s father, David Goldberger, is truly a heroic figure and leader—not just of his family, but of the Jewish people. The story of his survival is a testament to true faith and love. What kept him going during the darkness? Faith in God and love of family. The way Joe tells this story feels like first-person testimony—he has not only done justice and kavod to his parents and family’s memory, but also provides the facts, photos, and stories that no denier can ever refute. Joe gives tremendous honour to his parents. Kol Hakavod!

– Dr. William Recant

Assistant executive vice president, American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee–International Development Program

 

Dr. Robert Krell

Another account of the Holocaust? Yes, indeed. Two Pieces of Cloth is an obvious labour of love, a generational testament to parents who survived the Shoah, and a treasure for our children and grandchildren. This is but one story of many that will remind the next generations of their past and help prepare them for the future. It is a powerful, authentic, and meaningful tribute to memory.

– Dr. Robert Krell

Professor emeritus, psychiatry, University of British Columbia; founding president, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

 

J. Rolando Matalon

Joe Gold shares the inspiring story of his family: a story of resilience, perseverance, faith, and hope in the face of indescribable evil. Two Pieces of Cloth is a significant contribution to the imperative of remembrance as the generations unfold and in the face of Holocaust denial.

– J. Rolando Matalon

Senior rabbi, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York; founding co-director, Piyut North America

 

Dr. Evie L. Rotstein

A true treasure . . . Two Pieces of Cloth offers readers insight into the nature of human suffering and survival. Written with passion and precision.

– Dr. Evie L. Rotstein, RJE

Senior education advisor, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, New York School of Education

 

Nina Krieger

In Two Pieces of Cloth, Joe Gold offers a vivid portrait of and tender tribute to his beloved parents, David and Aurelia Goldberger. Told in his parents’ words, the story is bookended by Joe’s perspective—first as a child getting a glimpse of his father’s wartime experiences through the discovery of a book of concentration camp photographs hidden in his father’s fabric store, and later as a seventy-two-year-old realizing his father’s dream to write a book. Weaving together insights drawn from interviews and archival research, Joe does more than his stated goal of documenting the story for the benefit of his family; he offers a compelling intergenerational memoir of significance to those interested in the Holocaust and Vancouver history alike. David and Aurelia’s story of unimaginable loss and unlikely survival—punctuated by luck, tenacity, faith, and an abiding love for family—makes their immense contributions to their adopted home in Canada all the more remarkable. We are all enriched by Joe’s inheritance: to carry forward the memory of the Shoah for future generations.

– Nina Krieger

Executive director, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Joe Gold has absorbed the teaching of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, that in remembrance lies the secret of redemption. Basing his book on various sources, including his father’s oral testimony, he soberly conveys the history of his parents from their hometowns in Czechoslovakia through the horrors of the Holocaust, culminating in their eventual reunion and immigration to Canada. Two Pieces of Cloth is a sensitively written account of suffering and survival that allows the reader to understand the plight of European Jewry during World War II from the perspective of two individuals who emerged from the maelstrom without ever abandoning their humanity or their faith.

– Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Associate executive vice president, World Jewish Congress

The Authors

Author Joe Gold from Two Pieces of Cloth, a book from Page Two Publishing

Joe Gold

Joe Gold was born in Czechoslovakia in 1947 and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1948. He attended the University of British Columbia and worked in the family textile business, followed by a career in real estate development, management and software. He played keyboards in an R&B band, and loves life, family, sports, and music. Joe is married with nine grandchildren.

Author David Gold from Two Pieces of Cloth, a book from Page Two Publishing

David Gold

Joe’s father, David Gold, was born in Czechoslovakia in 1914. He apprenticed and worked in the textile business his entire life. He became a business legend in the Canadian textile industry and was active in many Jewish organizations.

Aurelia Gold from Two Pieces of Cloth, a book from Page Two Publishing

Aurelia Gold

Joe’s mother, Aurelia Gold, was born in Czechoslovakia in 1915. She attended elementary and high school and learned nursing. She lived for her family, loved all of humanity, and enjoyed cooking and knitting.

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