Nancy Sprowell Geise

Writer • Author • Speaker

Holocaust Survivor Celebrates His 98th Birthday this Week! Happy Birthday Joe Rubinstein!

As you can see from this photo taken earlier this summer, Joe Rubinstein is doing great. He turned 98 on Monday! Joe survived the unimaginable to live a remarkable life filled with hope, faith and love. He is an inspiration to us all! I thank God for Joe! To learn more about how a man, taken from his home in Poland by the Nazis when he was 21, goes on to become one of the leading shoe designers in the world read: Auschwitz #34207 The Joe Rubinstein Story. And be sure to comment and share, wishing Joe the happiest of birthdays!

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Thank you Seaman High School!

Wow! Nearly 1,000 students from Seaman High (Topeka, Kansas) were in attendance this morning as I shared Holocaust survivor, Joe Rubinstein's story (Auschwitz #34207). What a tremendous group of students! They were all so incredibly gracious and courteous. I appreciated their insightful questions and feedback afterwards. Thank you Principal Mike Monaghan and teacher Susan Sittenauer for the wonderful invitation! I could not be any more impressed with you, your staff and your students!

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Thank you for the warm welcome Nacatee Community, Ponte Vedra, Florida!

A heartfelt thanks to the incredible staff and the over 200 residents of the Nacatee Community in Ponte Vedra, Florida who joined me last week to hear Joe Rubinstein's Story. I was so impressed with the efforts of so many to make this such a memorable evening. I especially want to thank David Ray - the Community Manager, Hannah Pickett - the Community Events Coordinator, and the staff who helped make this wonderful event possible. The residents of Nacatee are blessed to have such dedicated professionals. It was a true pleasure to meet so many residents afterwards and learn a little more about their lives. It was extra special to have my mom, Lucretia Sprowell, assisting me in the book signing after the presentation. She always makes life more fun!


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Some of the wonderful Nocatee staff...and my mom, Lucretia   

Some of the wonderful Nocatee staff...and my mom, Lucretia



Sharing Joe's Story with the Guides of Auschwitz - An Honor of a Lifetime

On January 23, 2018, inside the #12 Barrack of Auschwitz, I had the honor of a lifetime to share the remarkable story of holocaust survivor, Joe Rubinstein, with several of the guides of the Auschwitz/Birkenau Memorial and Monument in Oświęcim, Poland. 76 years earlier, Joe, age 21, arrived at the concentration camp on April 30, 1942, where he would endure the unimaginable. He became, as he said, "An experienced prisoner. I knew how to live, and I knew how to die." After over two years at Auschwitz/Birkenau, Joe was sent to several other notorious camps, but not before learning that his entire family, including his identical twin, had been murdered by the Nazis at the Treblinka Death Camp. Joe has never been back to his homeland of Poland. I was grateful I could go on his behalf. Though he is 97 now, Joe's memories of Auschwitz are vivid. It was, as he said, "Hell." 

This was my second visit in six months to Auschwitz. While the heat of August was stifling, visiting in January was more telling. Even more than the starvation he endured, it was the cold that Joe said was the cruelest of punishments. As I stood in my winter coat, my hat and mittens inside one of the wooden barracks of Birkenau, identical to the one where Joe lived, I shivered against the biting air. I could not imagine how he, or anyone else, survived with no warm clothes and no insulation, sleeping in the mere shack designed to house livestock. It is beyond my ability to comprehend how anyone left there alive. Joe still cannot believe that he did.

There were tears on the faces of those who listened as I shared Joe's story with guides...faces of those special people who have devoted so much of their lives to touring the nearly 3 million visitors a year through the Museum and Memorial, and sharing with them about the precious lives lost there...and of those few, like Joe, who lived to tell theirs. I am profoundly grateful for everyone at Auschwitz, and the many people around the world, who work so hard to keep the memory of what happened during the dark and terrible days of the holocaust alive. We must never forget.

But, there were smiles, too, on the faces of the guides, knowing that for Joe at least, his story did not end at Auschwitz. Joe Rubinstein's story of triumph continues to this day, as he and his wife of over 70 years are spending a few weeks this cold winter, walking the beaches of Mexico, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the blessings of being alive.

To learn more about Joe's story check out: Auschwitz #34207 - The Joe Rubinstein Story.






Happy Birthday Joe Rubinstein! 97 and this Holocaust Survivor is Still Going Strong!

97 years ago today, in Radom, Poland a remarkable man was born...along with his identical twin Chaim, to a loving family that would soon total five children. At 21, Joe was taken from the Radom Ghetto by the Nazis in 1942 and sent to Auschwitz. Joe was the only member of all his family to survive the Holocaust. He lived to share his love of life, love of designing shoe, love people, and love of God. Everyone who knows Joe are awed by this beautiful man. To learn more about Joe's story, look for Auschwitz #34207 - The Joe Rubinstein Story. (Photo below: Joe, June 2017.)

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Authors don't miss this Special Event Hosted by Richard Rieman: Audiobook Narrator/Producer of Auschwitz #34207

Richard Rieman will host a free audiobook workshop for authors this Sunday September 17, 2017 at Bookbar in Denver, Colorado.

Join Richard Rieman, narrator/producer of Auschwitz #34207 The Joe Rubinstein Story, for a free two-hour workshop on his award-winning book: The Author's Guide to Audiobook Creation. I won't be able to attend, but it will be a great opportunity to learn about audiobooks by one of the best in the industry. Additionally, Richard will read from Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story.


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About Richard Rieman: 
After a career of telling news stories into radio news microphones at the RKO Radio Network and Chicago, New York, and Washington DC radio stations, Denver's Richard Rieman started giving a voice to the words of some wonderful authors. In just four years, Richard has narrated and produced over 120 audiobooks. He has won five EVVY audiobook awards from CIPA, the Colorado Independent Publishers Assn. Richard used his reporting background to interview top audiobook narrators for his award-winning book, "The Author's Guide to Audiobook Creation."

Event date: 

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm


4280 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212




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