Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story

Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story

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“A riveting, well-documented account of survival that’s harrowing, inspiring and unforgettable.” —Kirkus Reviews

IN 1945 JOE WALKED OUT OF A NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP. His story has never been told — until now.

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. Now, in his nineties, Joe reveals 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, courage and faith.

Barefooted when he was seized by the Nazis, Joe became one of New York’s leading shoe designers-working with companies whose shoes were sought after by First 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.


Nancy Geise Biography.
Author Nancy Sprowell Geise, has been invited to share Joe’s remarkable story around the world, including in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Library of Congress and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; in Joe’s hometown of Radom, Poland; and at the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Poland.

Auschwitz 34207 is garnishing high praise from leading holocaust scholars, national reviewers and readers alike.

“A powerful story, worth being told and retold, one of authenticity and integrity, written so very skillfully.” —Michael Berenbaum. Director Sigi Ziering Institute And Professor of Jewish Studies American Jewish University

“A beautifully written, thoroughly researched and compelling story. I’m hooked.” —Michlean Lowy Amir, Master of Library Science, Washington, D.C.

“In sharing his story – with Nancy Sprowell Geise’s help – Rubinstein has made an invaluable contribution to the literature of the Holocaust.”
—BlueInk Review (Starred Review)

“Author Geise has done an important job in presenting Joe’s story to the world, and does justice to a generation whose voices deserve to be heard. A great read…”—Myles Friedman, Finelines Pubslush Review Blog

“Auschwitz #34207 will join work by Primo Levi on a shelf of classic Holocaust narratives.”—Foreword Reviews

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