Simon Goldberg was the Jewish friend of Anna and Grandma’s father. During World War II, their father hid Simon Goldberg in the family’s shed-turned-library in an effort to protect his friend from the Nazis. Goldberg does eventually get caught and sent to a concentration camp, but it’s unclear whether or not he dies. Grandpa sees a man whom he thinks is Simon Goldberg in a bookstore in Manhattan; the man gives Grandpa a hug.
The timeline below shows where the character Simon Goldberg appears in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6, “Why I’m Not Where You Are (5/21/63)”
...into a library. In the yard nearby, Anna’s father meets them. Anna introduces Grandpa to Simon Goldberg , her father’s friend, and Grandpa tells Goldberg that he is trying to be a... (full context)
Chapter 10, “Why I’m Not Where You Are (4/12/78)”
...and Anna, right before the Dresden bombings. Grandpa realizes that Anna’s father had been hiding Simon Goldberg , a Jewish friend, in the shed. Grandpa remembers that Goldberg was reading Ovid’s “Metamorphosis,”... (full context)
Chapter 14, “Why I’m Not Where You Are (9/11/03)”