The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz (Paperback)Jeremy Dronfield (author)
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Based on the secret concentration camp diary of Gustav Kleinmann, a Viennese Jew who, with his son, was forced to help to build Buchenwald before being transferred to Auschwitz, this is a visceral, painful and astonishingly human story. Sensitively retold and meticulously researched by Jeremy Dronfield, it presents a personal perspective on the horrors of the Holocaust and the humbling resilience of hope, bravery and compassion.
Where there is family, there is hope...
Nazi police seize Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer and his son, Fritz, and send the pair 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, his son 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 their incredible story for the first time - a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.
The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz is a reminder of both the best and the worst of humanity, the strength of family ties, and the power of the human spirit.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
'An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival' - i
'An extraordinary tale' - The Times
'A deeply humane account. This book could not be more timely and deserves the widest possible readership' - The Daily Express
'Extraordinary' - The 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' - The 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
'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' - The Sunday Express
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