Slavko Goldstein was born to a Jewish family that was on a trip to Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina), and grew up in Karlovac (present-day Croatia), where his father Ivo (Izchak) kept a bookshop. During the Nazi invasion in World War II, his father was arrested by the Ustaša (Croatian fascist organization), while Slavko escaped and was hidden by the Djerek family. In January 1942, he was reunited with his brother Daniel (Danko) and his mother Lea. They joined the Partisans, and fought with them until the end of the war. His father and most of the members of his father’s and mother’s families died in the Holocaust. After the war, Slavko Goldstein finished his education at the Karlovac Gymnasium, then moved to Zagreb with his family. In 1948, he emigrated to the newly-established State of Israel with Daniel and fought the independence with the Israel Defense Forces. After living for a few years on a kibbutz, he returned to Zagreb and started studying literature and philosophy at the University of Zagreb, but never graduated. During his studies, Slavko began working as a journalist and editor for several leading Croatian newspapers and as a scriptwriter for feature and documentary films. In 1969, he became editor-in-chief of the publishing house Stvarnost and later founded the publishing house Novi Liber. In a publishing career lasting more than 40 years, he was responsible for the publication of many important works of Yugoslav and Croatian literature and on Croatian social life. In 1989, he founded the first non-commercial political party in modern Croatia, the Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) and served as its president until 1990. During the 1990s, Goldstein openly opposed of the authoritarian politics of the Croatian President Franjo Tuđman, as well as the privatization process. In 2007, Goldstein published the award-winning memoir/history 1941: Godina koja se vraća (1941: The Year That Comes Back). The book reflected his unease about attempts to revive fascism in his own country and elsewhere. Together with his son Ivo Goldstein, an historian, he wrote The Holocaust in Croatia, which first appeared in Serbo-Croatian as Holokaust u Zagrebu (2001) and Jasenovac i Bleiburg nisu isto (Jasenovac and Bleiburg Are Not the Same, 2011). He was president of the Jewish Community of Zagreb from 1986-1990 and president of the Council of the Jasenovac Memorial Center. His last book, Jasenovac: Tragedy, Mythomania, Truth, was published in 2016.