• I Shall Live

  • Surviving the Holocaust Against All Odds
  • By: Henry Orenstein
  • Narrated by: Henry Orenstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-16-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harmonic Wave
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (82 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I Shall Live tells the gripping true story of a Jewish family in Germany and Russia as the Nazi party gained power in Germany. When Henry Orenstein and his siblings ended up in a series of concentrations camps, Orenstein's bravery and quick thinking help him to save himself and his brothers from execution by playing a role in the greatest hoax ever pulled on the upper echelons of Nazi command. Orenstein's lucid prose recreates this horrific time in history and his constant struggle for survival as the Nazis move him and his brothers through five concentration camps. His description of their roles in the fake Chemical Commando sheds new light on an incredible and generally unknown event in the history of the Holocaust. This edition of I Shall Live contains new evidence about this false Commando, including letters signed to and from Himmler himself.
Orenstein, aside from being a Holocaust survivor, has made a name for himself as a toymaker who called for the production of Transformers, as well as a poker player.
©1987 Henry Orenstein (P)1996 Common Mode Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"I read this book in a single day; I found it so compelling it was hard to put down." (Simon Wiesenthal)
"An adventure almost novelesque in the extraordinary succession of miracles which enable the young man to remain among the living" (Claude Lanzmann, producer of Shoah)
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5 out of 5 stars
By The Lifelong Learner on 05-15-15

Gripping - Like You're in a Chinese Finger Trap

One of the most memorable stories of the holocaust. Taut, well told, and it is almost impossible to put down. At first I didn't care for the 'reader' but quickly came to appreciate the realism he adds to the story. His reading isn't paid-actor-perfect but adds depth and makes it feel like you are sitting down with the raconteur. By an hour into it I wouldn't have changed a thing.

I like the background he supplies of the politics and culture of the era. Even though I had heard that the Poles were very anti-semitic I knew little of these details. This backgrounder was a big eye-opener, even to someone well grounded both in history and this war, and well worth reading if for no other reason. Reading the follow-up on some of these folks AFTER the war betrays the depth of hatred of Jews in that region. The isolation of the Jewish community there was entirely different from the American Jewish experience, and I could better understand some of those 'holdover' fears. I see realities from the old country that birthed those fears, even if they are pretty much baseless here.

His story shows there is a lot of luck in life, but having brothers to stick together and some shrewd calculating was not a small factor. We see the incredible inhumanity of some people and utter evil contrasted with great risks others took to save total strangers.

His story of unexpected food packages underscores how important it is for the endangered and oppressed to KNOW others are fighting for them.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 03-25-14

Fascinating story, so-so narrator

I can understand why the author would want to narrate his own story. However, he isn't a good reader and that took something away from the story. He sounded like the inexperienced singer who breathes at all the wrong places. Still, it was a good story about an amazing will to survive.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bookworm on 12-10-16

Hard to comprehend

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, the reader.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed with this book. I don't enjoy books read by their authors, but this one was particularly poor. The narrator didn't appear to know his own story, stumbling over words, many miss-prenounciations, pauses etc. The music played between chapters or parts, was very annoying and the volume of the music within the production was far to loud. The narrative itself was interesting, but read like a superman comic in places; with far to much self agrandisment. Whilst I do not doubt the truth of the story, I felt it to be a "pick & Mix of similar stories in the public record. I am pleased to have read this book to add to my knowledge and understanding of these events, but did find it hard work.

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3 out of 5 stars
By BEN on 05-24-16

Good story; TERRIBLE Narrator.

what is a heart breaking story has been ruined by an awful reader. The person reading has no emotion, has no natural flow and you can even hear him fidget. a real shame. Can't believe no one checked before they allowed this person to be used.

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