Seventy years ago, Joe Rubinstein walked out of a Nazi concentration camp.
Until now, his story has been hidden from the world.
Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, twenty-one year-old Joe answered a knock at the door of the cottage he shared with his widowed mother and siblings. German soldiers forced him onto a crowded open-air truck. Wearing only an undershirt and shorts, Joe was left on the truck with no protection from the cold. By the next morning, several around him would be dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe, much worse. Joe arrived at Auschwitz April 30, 1942, and until now, has never revealed what he did to stay alive.
Joe's story is a remarkable account of enduring several of the most notorious Nazi concentration camp and, it is a story of love and the ultimate triumph-the triumph of the human spirit. While the Nazis took everything else, they were unable to take Joe's love of life, his affection for others, and his unassailable joy. His is a story of unconquerable courage and discovering light in the darkest of places.
From the ashes of his past, Joe would find a way to rebuild his life. Barefooted when he was taken by the Nazis, he would become one of New York's' leading shoe designers - shoes sought after by First Ladies and movie stars alike.
©2015 Nancy Sprowell Geise (P)2016 Nancy Sprowell Geise
"Fascinating account of a survivor"
I very rarely listen to a book a second time. This was a very good book, however. Joe's story seems incredible but still very believable. He delivers an authentic account of unspeakable atrocities that he witnessed. It is hard to fathom how the death camps operated for as long as they did. History provided by people like this author are very important reminders that we must be vigilant to recognize evil and cut it off before it can grow to such extremes.
Many memorable moments are in this book. The various types of mistreatment that people are capable of inflicting upon others, may stick with me forever.
Not a particular scene, but watching Joe's life flourish after the war, both personally and in business was certainly gratifying.
The unbelievable capacity of man.
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"Strength, luck and hope"
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I am amazed at this gentle and resilience! This is a harrowing yet amazing story of strength, hope and love. I am so grateful that this story has been told. In the epilogue I found myself reaching for the tissues.
"A life changing read"
There is no way to process what Joe Rubinstein has seen and experienced. No way to rationalize it, understand it, come to grips with it or accept it. No way to understand the torture. No way to grasp the magnitude of such evil. Our bodies simply do not have a way to process such overwhelming images of pain and death, injustice and loss. No way to process it - apart from the God whom Joe Rubinstein loves and serves. In this book, Joe tells us he always hid his story from everyone because everyone has an idea that terrible things happened in Auschwitz, "but no one knows." Yet Joe Rubinstein can now say it is a blessing to tell us about his life and what he went through. Yet he admits what he has seen is like a cancer that never leaves him. "I'm going to love my life, love my family and love God" he tells us. And he ends his book by doing exactly that - praising God. At the end of this book, I'm left shaken to the core. None of us ever want to come face to face with pure evil, yet Joe Rubinstein faces it daily, in his own mind. But he stands firmly on his faith and claims he is not defeated. His family is not defeated. Why? Because he lives on to love others.
Nancy Sprowell Geise did a beautiful job of capturing Joe's story. I love the way she portrayed his innocence and complete inability to understand what was happening and why his world had changed when he was taken from his family suddenly. We have truly been given a glimpse through Joe Rubinstein's eyes, thanks to Nancy Geise, and it's a view that is impossible to forget.
Richard Rieman did well to capture the confusion and innocence of Joe Rubinstein as well as a myriad of other overwhelming emotions throughout this journey.
"Heartbreaking Story of Survival and Faith"
The book is well written and shares the horrors that Mr Rubinstein endured at the hands of the nazis.The chance meetings and decisions on his part had such an influence on his survival.The most touching part to me is his continuous faith in his God and the ability to keep fighting for his survival.He's a true inspiration.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the holocaust and the suffering inflicted on the Jews.I liked that Joe Rubinstein narrated parts of his story as well as the narrarator. I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
"Important and interesting book."
It is an interesting book to listen to. Even if I sometimes felt sick and cried because of horrible details of what he witnessed and went through, it was worth listening to. The narrator was good.
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"True life story of a terrible time"
I find it horrifying that some places and people consider the holocaust a myth. How anyone can belittle what was done to the Jewish people in ww2 is a tragedy in and of itself. Here is the story of one man and of those around home through his time before during and after the camps. I learned much I didn't know. For example I did not know that for the Jewish people the marking of the body (tattoo) was a grievous sin, automatically adding a whole other level of degradation to the Jewish people by tattooing the numbers on their arm. Read it. Learn from it. Respect those that went through it and remember those who didn't make it. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Compelling and Terrifying"
Must Tell Story
Night, by Elie Wiesel
I like the mix of the subject's voice to open each chapter.
Seeing the little girl wanting to go home and he just wanted to go home.
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"A Well Written Story About One Man's Journey"
Story: The story is yet another fascinating look into the depravity of man via the Nazi Party. This story is well written by Nancy Geise and starts from Joe Rubinstein's childhood and goes all the way through Auschwitz and beyond.
Performance: I would give the narration a B+. It is well done and not distracting but it seems as if the narrator is not quite settled in. Hard to describe, like he might be newer at narration. Again, not distracting and he probably has a great future ahead of him as a narrator.
Overall: I have read and listened to many of these accounts and they are all interesting and have their own purpose. No two are the same. This one to me is a little slow because there are many chapters dealing with his childhood and life before the war. On the one hand this is great because it gives me the background about the man. On the other hand I am really more interested in what the title says "Auschwitz #34207" and so it takes a while to get going. It's also always nice to hear the real voice of the man who went through it, as at the beginning of each chapter Joe reads a sentence. It's a little corny, but to hear his voice and know that what you are listening to really happened makes a difference.
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Excellent book, well written with excellent narration.
This has been the most heart wrenching book I've read lately. It is the story of an Auschwitz survivor. It is truly a reminder of how evil people were, are and can be. How someone could have lived through that HELL and still had such an amazing outlook on life that Mr. Rubinstein has is astounding. This is definitely a book I will recommend to all. People today need to see what the holocaust really was. We learn the clinical side in history but the human side can only be learned from what the survivor teach us.
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""Beyond words" - Joe Rubinstein, chapter 57 . . ."
However, despite the accurate description of "Beyond words," I was provided a free review copy of this audiobook by the author, thusI will add a few of my unbiased words in review.
I have to admit, having read several books and accounts of the Holocaust and Hitler's final solution, I was hesitant to begin another from and author and victim's name I did not recognize. In hindsight I am thankful that opted to give it a shot. That being said, the magnitude of the impact this book had on me far outweighed that of classics like "Night" by Elie Weisel and Victor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning."
As difficult as it is to read of the horrors of the concentration camps, this book magnifies the true evil of the Holocaust by getting to know about Joe Rubinstein's life before the war, his life after the war, and the lasting impact of the death camps on his psyche. Through the author, narrator, and even Joe's actual voice, the listener gets an incredibly intimate look into the victims heart, mind, and soul . . . all of which makes the horrors all the more difficult to swallow. As I stated, having read several accounts of the brutality of the Holocaust, this book moved me to depths of understanding had never felt before; to the closest one could ever get to experiencing the situations without having actually been there.
Finally, The listener gets to move on from the atrocities by witnessing Joe`s rationalizing of his life`s circumstances and explaining how his faith in God guided his actions. "I don't give up, the only one who can take away my life is my God, nobody else. Life is God's blessing; you can't take any part of life for granted." He refused to let the Nazi's steal his joy . . . dancing to the very end.
This is the best personal account of a Holocaust survivor that I have ever come across and would highly recommend it; I know I will be listening to it again.
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