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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, 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

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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.

This audiobook was given by the publisher at audiobook boom, for no cost in exchange for an unbiased re review.

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Fascinating account of a survivor

Would you listen to Auschwitz #34207 again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Auschwitz #34207?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not a particular scene, but watching Joe's life flourish after the war, both personally and in business was certainly gratifying.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The unbelievable capacity of man.

Any additional comments?

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an unbiased and truthful review.

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Strength, luck and hope

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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.

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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.

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Heartbreaking Story of Survival and Faith

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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.

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Remarkable and Vivid

This is such a heartfelt story. Many times you wonder how Joe Rubinstein survived and many times you want to cry. How he came to be such a whole and loving person from the hell he lived through is remarkable.
The narration was good but sometimes there were mispronounced Polish, Yiddish and German words and names. I don't like it when foreign words or names are anglicized.

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A story of survival...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is one of those books that everybody should read / listen to - especially those, who think that for whatever reason one group of people is better than others and has the right to decide of the others' life and death... It's a book both for those interested in the history of World War II and those who do not know anything about it and doubt the existence of the Nazi concentration camps...

I am Polish, have lived in Poland all my life and I have taken my students to visit the camps mentioned in the book: Auschwitz (Oswiecim in Polish) and Treblinka, I've also visited another camp, situated in Majdanek - all those places really remind us that there are no other species on this planet as cruel as man... So although the memories of Joe Rubinstein may not be so revealing for me (we in Poland learn from primary school what the Nazi occupation of Poland looked like during the war and what the Nazi camps were all about), for someone not so familiar with this aspect of World War II the book will probably be extremely shocking - and yet I am convinced that the story behind the book is much harsher, that the author filtered it a bit to make it easier for the reader to fathom...

And you can only admire Joe and others like him who did not allow their horrible experiences to break them and who, after being rescued from the camps, have lived their lives to the fullest...

What did you like best about this story?

I like the fact that although it's a book about an unimaginably horrible experience it's not all dark and gloomy... There are memories of good moments, too, and there is this strange kind of optimism, coming from faith (I believe), somewhere behind the story... And I like the fact that although we can feel the hate that Joe felt for the Nazis who took him from home, put him and thousands like him in a death camp, and killed all his family, we still see that that hate did not destroy Joe as a person, that he was able to put all that hate behind him and did not allow that feeling to rule his life after the war...

And I loved the introductory sentences in each chapter being read by Joe Rubinstein himself:)

What about Richard Rieman’s performance did you like?

As with the previous book narrated by Mr Rieman I listened to, I liked the tempo of his reading - the pace was quite fast, but not too fast; and the interpretation was very good. Mr Rieman tried to be quite detached and unemotional in his reading of this particular book and yet - maybe thanks to that detachment - the story got even more emotional and vivid, and it was almost impossible for me to stop listening...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

He went through the hell of Auschwitz - and then lived his life to the fullest...

Any additional comments?

I received the audiobook as a gift from the narrator after reviewing "The Coelho Medallion" by Kevin Tumlinson in his interpretation - thank you very much, Mr Rieman, it was a great although unsettling experience listening to Joe Rubinstein's story...:)

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So Sad

" Man's inhumanity to Man" Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story left me reeling. Yes there is hope but... Read or listen to this book but be prepared for Nancy Sprowell Geise's account to touch you. I can't imagine. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an unbiased and truthful review.

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  • Christina
  • PLATTE CITY, MO, United States
  • 03-22-17

Very Powerful

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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.
I was given this book without charge in exchange for an honest review.

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A journey never to be forgotten

What did you love best about Auschwitz #34207?

The story of courage and hope told through this audiobook gave me a reason to have faith in the direst of circumstances.

What about Richard Rieman’s performance did you like?

Loved the narration. Very strong and epic.

Any additional comments?

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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  • bigboysmithy
  • 03-02-17

bloody brilliant

what a blinding story of a man that suffed so much and still remains humble

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  • Danny
  • 01-31-17

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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  • Gabeson
  • 07-17-16

Absolutely incredible - heartbreaking and inspiring

What an amazing story. So, so much heartbreak, but what an inspiring story of triumph over ultimate evil. A must read.

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