• The 23rd Psalm

  • A Holocaust Memoir
  • By: George Lucius Salton
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 27-08-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (20 ratings)


In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but 11-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when 14-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec. For the next three years, George slaved and barely survived in 10 concentration camps, including Rzeszow, Plaszow, Flossenburg, Colmar, Sachsenhausen, Braunschweig, Ravensbrck, and Wobbelin.
Cattle cars filled with skeletal men emptied into a train yard in Colmar, France. George and the other prisoners marched under the whips and fists of SS guards. But here, unlike the taunts and rocks from villagers in Poland and Germany, there was applause. "I could clearly hear the people calling: 'Shame! Shame!'... Suddenly, I realized that the people of Colmar were applauding us! They were condemning the inhumanity of the Germans!" Of the 500 prisoners of the Nazis who marched through the streets of Colmar in the spring of 1944, just 50 were alive one year later when the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division liberated the Wobbelin concentration camp on the afternoon of May 2, 1945. "I felt something stir deep within my soul. It was my true self, the one who had stayed deep within and had not forgotten how to love and how to cry, the one who had chosen life and was still standing when the last roll call ended."
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jo Blogs on 17-12-14


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES AND NO, it is very sad, and the Germans and Poles on the whole were quite terrible people during this story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 23rd Psalm?

The paint episode

Have you listened to any of Ken Kliban’s other performances? How does this one compare?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listen to it on long journeys. Have not finished but I am totally gripped.

Any additional comments?

The way the story is told I love, there does not need to be any fake tv drama, the events being so terrible and so real did not need the adjectives so many other books require.

The actions of those around speak for themselves. I only down side so far is that it is so sad and pretty miserable.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By geoff luck on 22-04-16

A truly moving and shocking history

This is one not to miss, and is in my opinion an important document in its own right.
I was moved to tears, angered, and stunned.
You will not regret absorbing this book,it made me seek perspective on how we now live, and take so much for granted in our lives.

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5 out of 5 stars
By LifetimeRoad on 13-05-14

One of the best holocaust books I've read.

What made the experience of listening to The 23rd Psalm the most enjoyable?

Personal account of suffering Jewish boy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 23rd Psalm?

Eating human stew.

What about Ken Kliban’s performance did you like?

He seemed to capture the youth of George.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It seemed bad news followed bad throughout till the end when he was rescued.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Susie on 16-10-13

A Gift to All of Us

I've read and interviewed many witnesses to the Holocaust about that time in their lives, and there is always another story that defies belief, both in humanity, and survival.

This is one of those stories, a very poetic one, too.

I just didn't stop listening, moist-eyed, until the end, when we learn how he finally shared his experiences with his children, after shielding them for most of their lives.

I was also one of those children whose parent had a terrible historical secret. It moves me so much when parents come around and open up.

He couldn't have written this book if it hadn't been for that reconciliation, and it's a gift to all of us.

Talk about "Never Again."

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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