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The Stable Boy of Auschwitz

By: Henry Oster,Dexter Ford
Narrated by: William Hope,Susan Oster,Dexter Ford,Henry Oster
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Summary

The instant Sunday Times and Amazon charts best seller

“I found myself in the Auschwitz stables, and I felt an ember of hope. If I could make myself useful, helping these horses, maybe I could stay alive.”

In the darkest moment of history, one child found the courage and strength to survive the unimaginable. This is Henry’s true story.

One hot, humid day in July 1944, the Gestapo abducted 15-year-old Henry and his mother, forcing them onto cramped cattle cars in the Łódź Polish Ghetto. Like so many Jews before them, they had been selected to disappear–they were being sent to Auschwitz.

Exhausted after hours of traveling, they finally emerged from the stifling, filth-ridden cattle car. Already devastated at having lost his father to starvation, Henry clutched his mother’s frail hand, knowing she was all he had left in the world, and that he was the only one left to protect her. In a flash, he felt them being brutally torn apart.

Crying out for her, his heart shuddered as he watched her disappear into a sea of other women. Henry knew that was the last time he would ever see her, and he felt like he had failed her. He was now completely alone in the world.

Starving, and close to giving up all hope, Henry volunteered to work in the stables, responsible for breeding horses for the war effort. As he watched other prisoners leave and never return, Henry quickly realized these horses were his only lifeline–because every morning he was sent to the stables was one more morning he escaped the gas chambers.

Before long, caring for the horses became a passion, and their comfort and strength gave Henry a glimmer of life and hope in an ocean of death. Although with every second that passed, Henry knew if he became too weak or made one mistake, he would be mercilessly replaced....

This is the heart-wrenching and inspirational true account of a courageous little German boy who, against all odds, after losing almost everything a human being can lose, survived to tell his story.

©2014 Henry Oster and Dexter Ford (P)2023 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.
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What a story of this man’s resilience and struggle to stay alive. Honestly one of the greatest books that I have ever read

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My review is specifically about whoever is reading this book. Their voice was completely unsuitable to read for an audiobook in my opinion. I couldn’t take the book seriously and struggled to listen to it. Ended up not finishing the book. I have ordered the paperback to read it myself, as I believe the story is good.

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Henry's unbelievable true story

Wow I've listened to quite a few stories now of survivors of the holocaust, this story of Henry's is so hard hitting it grips you from the first sentence, what an unbelievable man , this story need to be heard and seen ..

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Everyone needs to hear this gentleman’s story.

I feel I know this man. His story should be told to everyone- we have no reason to moan about the small irritations that happen in our lives - once you read this story you won’t sweat the small stuff. Loved his outlook on life 🥰

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Must be read

This story of survival is incredible and everyone must read his story . Many times I shook my head in disbelief.
The truth is hard to hear but good to understand those atrocities.
I had goosebumps many times . You must read this story of the bravest young man and his achievements in the most horrific circumstances. Rest in peace Henry .

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Everyone needs to hear Henry's story

Upsetting and difficult to listen to, but beautifully written.
Very educational and well narrated

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Fantastic book, educational & well written

I finished this book within two days of starting it. The beginning was interesting listening to how Hilter became so powerful & was able to get a nation under his control as he did. I have a German mother & English father who were young children during these times and have both told me their war time stories. My mother talked of how upsetting she found it as a child, when Jews that were their neighours, friends and local shop keepers were treated so badly, so this book was of particular interest to me and I could hear her voice in my head saying how they were not allowed to help or even look their way. My heart ached whilst listening to this book, for every Jew, whose lives were turned upside down & experienced this horror and it ached for Heinz the child...a true survivor of such trauma ! What an incredible, educational, emotional story.

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THE most moving thing I have ever read

Henry’s story is both moving and a lesson. I do hope that it never happens again, but knowing human nature as it is, I can’t say that it sadly won’t. In fact it is still happening on a daily basis, but seems to be so part of life in certain countries that no one takes enough notice. Humans sadly are so cruel.

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Feeling numb..

this has been the most emotional "read" I have ever had. I feel very humbled.

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  • 03-02-24

the whole story itself

people of today really understand the atrocities and horror that these people went through from the Germans just because of their religious beliefs. so sad and such a waste of life the way people are treated and discarded like pieces of trash. I think the thing that gets me the most is how the Germans truly believed in what they were doing and they volume of insensitivity. that's why I like the movie The boy in the striped pajamas because that one German commandant knows what it's like to lose someone in the gas Chambers

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so good and if you use this story for today, remember the foster kids/orphans; do we see them and truly want to help them.

just hearing his heart about trying to fit back into society and knowing that no one wants you, anywhere... I hope that I will have eyes to see those children, who have no parents , with more compassion and always look for ways I can help.

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  • 21-09-23

An eye opener, for sure.

As it was hard to read it went way beyond what were taught about the time period. Everyone should read this so it never happens again.

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  • 09-09-23

Must read to everyone

You must read or listen it. Outstanding, shocking and heartbraking story at the same time.

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  • 06-09-23

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Thank you for giving me the ability to hear this story and to learn more.

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  • 04-08-23

Human resilience at it best

What an astounding story of survival and optimism in a world that was the darkest humankind has ever known. Thank you for this wonderful book. I can’t recommend it enough.

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  • 31-07-23

Incredible book

What an incredible book, extremely well written and narrated, I recommend it every one. I finished it in one day.

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  • 21-07-23

Amazing Survival story

So enjoyed this book and his willingness to share his story! I have read many books but this was one of the best!

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  • 26-06-23

Not Able to Stop Listening

Another horrifying account of the most horrible time . This one is a true account from a young boy. Even has an excerpt of him telling his story. Very moving. I will say I almost returned it when the author compared conservative Americans to the Nazis. Glad I didn’t because it is a testament of courage and strength that he survived and made it to the USA .

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  • 21-06-23

Heartbreaking

Horrific and inspiring at the same time. Let us all hope that this time in history will never be forgotten so it can never be repeated.

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