The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz : The Sunday Times Bestseller

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THE TIMES 100 BEST BOOKS FOR SUMMER

The inspiring true story of a father and son's fight to stay together and survive the Holocaust, for anyone captivated by The Cut Out Girl, The Choice and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

'An extraordinary tale' The Times (Best Books of 2019)
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Where there is family, there is hope . . .

Vienna, 1939.

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.
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival' i Paper

'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

'A deeply humane account. This book could not be more timely and deserves the widest possible readership' Daily Express

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Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 38mm | 705g
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241359198
  • 9780241359198
  • 119,901

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Based upon meticulous research, this book tells of the Kleinmann familly and the love and courage of a son for his father * Clare Champion * 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 * A devastating yet extraordinary account * Eastern Daily Press * A defiant record of a horrific experience * Blouin Artinfo * This book tells their extraordinary tale of surviving tale of surviving five and a half years in Nazi prison camps * The Times, 100 Best Books for Summer * Extraordinary . . . an affecting father-and-son tale * The Times * 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 * 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 * Extraordinary * Observer * A deeply humane account. This book could not be more timely and deserves the widest possible readership * Daily Express * 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 * An extraordinary tale * The Times (Best Books of 2019) * An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival * i *
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About Jeremy Dronfield

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.
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