Author Nancy Sprowell Geise will discuss her book Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story.
Icek “Joe” Rubinsztejn was taken from the Radom Ghetto by the Nazis and forced onto a crowded, open-air truck. By the next morning, several around him would be dead from exposure. Joe arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on April 30, 1942. It would be 70 years before he told anyone how he survived. Joe's remarkable story is a powerful account of perseverance and resilience as he endured over two years at Auschwitz before being sent to several of the other notorious Nazi concentration camps. His is a surprising story of love and 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. Barefooted when he was taken by the Nazis, he would become one of New York's' leading shoe designers. In November 2015, author Nancy Sprowell Geise, was invited to Washington, D.C. to share Joe's story at the U.S. Library of Congress.