Book Review for 'The Stable Boy of Auschwitz' by Henry Oster & Dexter Ford

‘The Stable Boy of Auschwitz’ is a heart wrenching true story about Henry Oster, the last survivor of the 2,011 Jewish people who resided in Cologne, Germany that were relocated by the Gestapo to concentration camps during the Holocaust. The story starts when Henry is a young boy living in Cologne and takes us through the many heartbreaking experiences he endures, witnesses and will never forget. From losing both parents to surviving artillery fire and extreme hunger & abuse, he eventually finds himself as a stable boy in the Auschwitz camp, where he finds a small bit of happiness with the horses he is charged to care for. Each time he thinks life could not get worse for himself and his fellow people, the Nazis find a new way to torture and abuse them.

This memoir explains in detail everything this man endured as a young boy during one of the most horrendous acts in human history. I have recently become educationally motivated to learn as much as I can about the awful events that transpired from 1933-1945 and this story was a very helpful look into what those poor souls went through. I have no complaints about the story itself, aside from being vehemently opposed to the events and committed to spreading awareness and change. I would have liked to hear a bit more about the events in the stables themselves and also how he met his wife & found that level of happiness, but that is just personal preference for my romantic heart. This was very well written, well narrated and I would recommend this to all persons that are interested in history, especially the events surrounding WW2. I also believe stories like this one should be shared inside classrooms and around the world for what I believe are obvious educational reasons. I rate this 5 stars.

The Stable Boy of Auschwitz
Written By: Henry Oster & Dexter Ford
Media: AudioBook by Netgalley
Read by: William Hope
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical
Published: April 4th, 2023
Publisher: Bookouture Audio; Thread Books
Rating: 5 Star