Private Ivan Goldstein was a green soldier when he headed into his first combat mission: The Battle of The Bulge, one of the fiercest engagements between the U Forces and Hitler's army. A bow gunner on a Sherman tank, Goldstein was only a few hours into this battle when his tank was hit, and he was almost killed. He escaped with his life, only to be captured by the Germans, and to hear a German officer say 'In the morning, take the Jew out and shoot him'. What follows is an epic story of survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, sure to engage anyone interested in the war against the Third Reich.
Ivan Goldstein and his two brothers, Jerome and Max, grew up in Denver, Colorado, watched over and loved by their hard-working widowed mother, Ida. Ivans pursuit of an art degree at the University of Denver was interrupted by World War II, during which he spent most of his time as a POW. He returned to the university following the war and met June Alexander; they married after graduating in 1948 and raised four children. The Goldsteins delved deeper into their Jewish faith, traveling to and eventually moving to Israel. Ivan and June Goldstein live in Jerusalem.