Auschwitz #34207

Auschwitz #34207

The Joe Rubinstein Story : A Remarkable Journey of Triumph and Survival

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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, German soldiers forced twenty-one year-old Icek "Joe" Rubinsztejn onto a crowded, open-air truck. The next day, several around him were dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe--much worse. Joe arrived at Auschwitz on April 30, 1942. Only now, in his nineties, has he revealed how he survived several of the most notorious concentration camps when so many others perished. His is a remarkable narrative--a unique story of endurance and courage. Barefooted when he was seized by the Nazis, Joe became one of New York'sleading shoe designers--working with companies whose shoes were sought after byFirst Ladies and movie stars alike.Joe's story bears witness to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. While the Nazis took everything else, they were unable to take his unassailable joy. Joe's story is one of discovering light in the darkest of places, an inspiration for us all.
Publisher: Castle Rock, Colorado : Merry Dissonance Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781939919120
1939919126
Branch Call Number: 940.53185 GEI
Characteristics: 330 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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TSCPL_Miranda Jan 15, 2019

Auschwitz #34207: the Joe Rubinstein Story, by Nancy Sprowell Geise, is an unforgettable book. The title tells you that this is a story of the Holocaust, so you already know that some of the details will be hard to read. I admit, I sometimes find myself avoiding books about the Holocaust, for obv... Read More »

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Librarian_Deb Oct 16, 2018

Well written, organized and researched account of an extraordinary life. Joe Rubinstein had the misfortune to be a Jew living in Radom, Poland in 1942. Things were tough for his family growing up but they enjoyed a close bond as they did what they needed to survive. Joe was awakened one night to ... Read More »


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TSCPL_Miranda Jan 15, 2019

Auschwitz #34207: the Joe Rubinstein Story, by Nancy Sprowell Geise, is an unforgettable book. The title tells you that this is a story of the Holocaust, so you already know that some of the details will be hard to read. I admit, I sometimes find myself avoiding books about the Holocaust, for obvious reasons—it hurts. It can be hard to read how horrible humans were to other humans. It’s important to remember what happened, though, to bear witness if only as a reader. Joe’s story pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go, and in at the end of the book, I felt uplifted, even joyful, because Joe made it despite the odds against him. He survived, and his strength puts the small challenges of life into perspective. I’m so glad that I read this book, that I now carry Joe’s story in my heart.

Librarian_Deb Oct 16, 2018

Well written, organized and researched account of an extraordinary life. Joe Rubinstein had the misfortune to be a Jew living in Radom, Poland in 1942. Things were tough for his family growing up but they enjoyed a close bond as they did what they needed to survive. Joe was awakened one night to find that Nazi soldiers were at the door. He went to the door in his bare feet and they told him to come with them and that he didn't need to take anything - he had all he would need. No jacket and no shoes was hardly what he needed to survive the journey that would follow, a journey that took him to several concentration camps including Auschwitz where he was given a tattoo with the number 34207 - a number he bears to this day. The details of his story are horrifying, and the inner fortitude Joe shows is incredible. In one memorable scene he gets lashed with a whip and survives by soaking his torn back in a filthy pond. I was impressed with the amount of research the author had done and her documentation that backed up the details of the incredible stories told by Joe. She organized the material well and it kept my interest, even after the dramatic events of the war when Joe was liberated and eventually came to the US. She showed that he still had many obstacles to overcome but also his indomitable spirit shone through as he went on to thrive in his new life. I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially to readers interested in stories of people who overcome. Even if you think you've read too many stories about WWII you should make the time for this one. It's also a great read for discussion groups

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