The new book, 344 Days Underground, tells the story of one Jewish woman who hid underground in a cave in Ukraine so she and 37 other Jews could escape the approaching Nazis during World War II.
When Nazi forces advanced towards the Ukrainian village of Korolówka in 1943, Etcia Goldberg was 36 years old, a widowed mother of three children. As the armies drew closer, Etcia took matters into her own hands, joining a group of 37 Jews to a small cave known as Priest’s Grotto.
There, they hid underground, living by candlelight and surviving off scavenged food, for nearly a year before they emerged.
The story the Ukranian Jews who survived the war in a cave is well-documented. Now, a new book is revealing Goldberg’s role for the first time.