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
What an amazing story. So, so much heartbreak, but what an inspiring story of triumph over ultimate evil. A must read.
"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.
"Heartbreaking, humbling, inspirational!"
Heartbreaking, humbling, inspirational! I had a hard time putting this audiobook down each night. Found myself praying often, grateful for the life I have. Joe really leaves you thinking about how precious every moment of life, family, freedom, and togetherness we have in this lifetime.
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This genre of book is not something I would usually pickup. But after reading the reviews I was drawn in. From the first chapter I found myself silently praying for this man. There was not one moment where I was uninterested in what was going on. This is an amazing story of pain, survival and the hope to start over. I absolutely recommend.
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"A journey never to be forgotten"
The story of courage and hope told through this audiobook gave me a reason to have faith in the direst of circumstances.
Loved the narration. Very strong and epic.
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This book is amazing, I love that the survivor speaks as well, it adds so much to the book, I was very emotional. I love this book
An incredible story told by a man who survived one of the most horrific times in our history. This story is at times so incredibly gut wrenching and hard to hear. The horror and terror of the death camps the killing of so many innocent people especially the children was undoing. But I believe even now that we must keep this at the forefront of our minds in order to keep such horrors from ever happening again. The end brought tears to my eyes as Joe finally holds the one thing he had lost thanks to some diligent researchers. I wanted to just hug them it was that emotional. Thank you Joe for surviving to tell us your story. To give a first hand account of what hate for anyone can look like. Hitler chose to hate the Jews it could just have easily been any other race or religion. He didn't succeed. Joe is so right! Only God could decide to do that. Incredible story of survival. I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
"Amazing survival in the midst of horror"
This book was difficult to read. The horror of what Joe Rubinstein lived through was sickening. I kept thinking how could he survive? but I knew he did because he introduced every chapter. His strength and will power were inspiring. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone wanting a firsthand look at the horrors so many experienced and that so few made it through.
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what a blinding story of a man that suffed so much and still remains humble
"Moved me to tears"
Remarkable story of survival and thank you for sharing it. World must never forget the horrors of what went on
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