“Love life. Love God. Love one another. That is all there may be.” –Holocaust survivor Joe Rubinstein

    FORT COLLINS, CO, April 29, 2020 — Joe arrived at Auschwitz on April 30, 1942, and was imprisoned there for over two years earlier than being taken to a number of different infamous camps, together with Buchenwald, Ohrdruf, and Theresienstadt. All through his ordeal, shocking and noteworthy occasions occurred to save lots of his life.

Barefooted when he was seized, Joe would turn into considered one of New York’s main shoe designers for legendary corporations Herbert Levine, Inc., Nina Shoe, and others. Beth Levine referred to as Joe, “The Man with the Golden Fingers.” Joe designed among the most costly and sought-after sneakers on the planet; sneakers that lined the show instances of Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord & Taylor. Footwear designed by Herbert Levine, Inc. had been worn by first women and film stars alike. Whereas the Nazis took every little thing else, they had been unable to take Joe’s love of life and his love of individuals.

On September 16, 2020, Joe will have fun his 100th birthday at his dwelling in Colorado. Simply after the warfare, Joe met Irene in Duisburg-Hamborn, Germany. This fall, that Jewish man and his Catholic spouse, will have fun 73 years of marriage.

When Joe was taken from his household, he had no thought he would by no means once more see anybody he knew or beloved. His widowed mom and 4 siblings, together with Joe’s similar twin, had been killed on the Treblinka dying camp. Regardless of dropping practically every little thing an individual may lose, Joe continues to stay a joy-filled life.

Joe informed his biographer, Nancy Sprowell Geise, throughout the two years she interviewed him for the e book about his life, Auschwitz #34207 – The Joe Rubinstein Story, that he would give his life for one photograph of his household. After the award-winning e book was launched in 2015, three images of Joe’s household had been discovered. Nancy mentioned she had by no means seen human emotion because the day Joe noticed the faces of his beloved household, faces he had not seen since 1942. Joe mentioned by his tears that it was the best present of his life.

Creator Nancy Sprowell Geise has been requested to share Joe’s story all over the world, together with the U.S. Library of Congress and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on the 75th Commemoration of the Liquidation of the Ghettos in Joe’s hometown of Radom, Poland, and with the workers and guides on the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum in Oświęcim, Poland.

For over 70 years, Joe by no means informed anybody his story as a result of he didn’t imagine something good may come from doing so. Now, Joe receives letters from readers all over the world, writing to say that after listening to his outstanding story, they understand they, too, can overcome their hardships. Joe’s story of hope has by no means been extra necessary to the world than now. It is a story of discovering gentle within the darkest of locations – inspiration for us all.

Nancy Sprowell Geise is an award-winning creator and speaker.


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