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The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz - Jeremy Dronfield

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

Paperback Published: 22nd August 2019
ISBN: 9780241359174
Number Of Pages: 320

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The inspiring true story of a father and son's fight to stay together and to survive the Holocaust.

The boy is my greatest joy. We strengthen each other. We are one. Inseparable . . . If only we were free; but daily, hourly, death is before our eyes.

In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was seized by the Nazis. Along with his teenage son, Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in.

When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, Fritz refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son.

Based on Gustav's secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells his and Fritz's story for the first time - a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.

About the Author

Jeremy Dronfield is a biographer, historian, novelist and former archaeologist. His recent non-fiction titles include Beyond the Call and Dr James Barry- A Woman Ahead of Her Time.

Industry Reviews

An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival * i *
An extraordinary tale * The Times (Best Books of 2019) *
The inspiring true story of Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann, an Austrian father and son who managed to survive internments in concentration camps from Buchenwald to Auschwitz. Dronfield draws extensively on Gustav's diary, allowing us inside the incredible bond between father and son that kept them together through harrowing experiences, and, like all the best narrative nonfiction, the story is both immersive and extraordinary. Deeply moving and brimming with humanity. * Guardian *
A deeply humane account. This book could not be more timely and deserves the widest possible readership * Daily Express *
Extraordinary * Observer *
We should all read this shattering book about the Holocaust. An astonishing story of the unbreakable bond between a father and a son. Brilliantly researched and written with searing clarity * Daily Mail *
An extraordinary tale of endurance and filial love. It is a miraculous story with many twists and Dronfield tells it well in an energetic and lively style * The Times *
Extraordinary . . . an affecting father-and-son tale * The Times *
A unique story of defiance and hope amid the genocide * Daily Mail *
A defiant record of a horrific experience * Blouin Artinfo *
A devastating yet extraordinary account * Eastern Daily Press *
Through the horrors, there was one constant that kept them alive; the love between father and son. Gustav's secret diary and meticulous archive research, tell this story for the first time * Sunday Express *
Based upon meticulous research, this book tells of the Kleinmann familly and the love and courage of a son for his father * Clare Champion *

ISBN: 9780241359174
ISBN-10: 0241359171
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 22nd August 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.2  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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