Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig's Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend (Hardcover)
“A must-read that hopefully will be adapted for the screen. Greene lets Wilzig’s effervescent spirit shine through, and his story will appeal to a wide variety of readers.” - Library Journal
Unstoppable is the ultimate immigrant story and an epic David-and-Goliath adventure. While American teens were socializing in ice cream parlors, Siggi was suffering beatings by Nazi hoodlums for being a Jew and was soon deported along with his family to the darkest place the world has ever known: Auschwitz. Siggi used his wits to stay alive, pretending to have trade skills the Nazis could exploit to run the camp. After two death marches and near starvation, he was liberated from camp Mauthausen and went to work for the US Army hunting Nazis, a service that earned him a visa to America. On arrival, he made three vows: to never go hungry again, to support the Jewish people, and to speak out against injustice. He earned his first dollar shoveling snow after a fierce blizzard. His next job was laboring in toxic sweatshops. From these humble beginnings, he became President, Chairman and CEO of a New York Stock Exchange-listed oil company and grew a full-service commercial bank to more than $4 billion in assets.
Siggi’s ascent from the darkest of yesterdays to the brightest of tomorrows holds sway over the imagination in this riveting narrative of grit, cunning, luck, and the determination to live life to the fullest.
Deborah E. Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, is one of the world’s leading authors and scholars of Holocaust history. Her successful court case against Holocaust denier David Irving was portrayed in the 2017 film Denial.
"Wilzig's improbable survival and success constantly amaze…Joshua Greene paints a vivid, moving portrait of a Holocaust survivor who built business empires... and tirelessly fought anti-Semitism.” --Shelf Awareness
"A must-read that hopefully will be adapted for the screen. Greene lets Wilzig’s effervescent spirit shine through, and his story will appeal to a wide variety of readers." --Library Journal
"Siggi took hardships and made them a badge of honor. This is a story we need right now.” --Cyrus Webb, Conversations Live
"Siggi’s life story is a David and Goliath saga that reminds us what one individual can do—a unique, mesmerizing biography." --Michael Berenbaum former president, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, former chair, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
"He taught all of us that you don’t have to be a victim of circumstances. May we one day inhabit a world where more people live by his example." --Congressman Donald M. Payne
"His journey... is nothing short of astonishing... I’m blown away by this man.” --Helen Raptis, AM Northwest KATU TV
“Joshua M. Greene delivers a captivating story as well as a historic document that will resonate with readers long after they finish his book.“ --Kathryn Zox, The Kathryn Zox Show
"The most important book of 2021." --Hamptons Magazine, April 2021 issue
A Best Business Book of 2021 -- Strategy + Business