Nancy Sprowell Geise

Writer • Author • Speaker

AUSCHWITZ #34207 - THE JOE RUBINSTEIN STORY

"A riveting, well-documented account of survival that’s harrowing, inspiring and unforgettable."
–Kirkus Reviews


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 Joseph Rubinstein answered a knock at the door of the cottage he shared with his widowed mother and siblings. Armed German soldiers forced him onto an open-air truck crowded with men and teenage boys, destined for an unknown location. By the next morning, several of them 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 unique and remarkable story is gut-wrenching account of torment, of enduring several of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps and surviving, time and time again, when so many others would perish. His 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 life, Joe would find a way rise above the atrocities that occurred to him. Barefooted when he was taken by the Nazis, he would become one of New York's' leading shoe designers.

Auschwitz 34207 “The Joe Rubinstein Story” is for all of us—a testament to the power of faith, perseverance and hope.


"A beautifully written, thoroughly researched and compelling story. I'm hooked."
–Michlean Amir, Master of Library Science, Washington, D.C

"Stretches of writing that must represent some of the best writing ever done on this subject."
–John Forssman, 43 year teacher of English and Literature

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