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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241359174
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $28.00
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The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller




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

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.

  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241359174
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $28.00
Categories:

Praise for The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival

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Extraordinary

Observer

A defiant record of a horrific experience

Blouin Artinfo

A devastating yet extraordinary account

Eastern Daily Press

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

Daily Express

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

An extraordinary tale

The Times (Best Books of 2019)

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

This book tells their extraordinary tale of surviving five and a half years in Nazi prison camps

The Times, 100 Best Books for Summer

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

Based upon meticulous research, this book tells of the Kleinmann familly and the love and courage of a son for his father

Clare Champion

Extraordinary . . . an affecting father-and-son tale

The Times

A unique story of defiance and hope amid the genocide

Daily Mail

The almost unbelievable true story of Fritz Kleinman, who volunteered to follow his father, Gustav, into Auschwitz. It's a terrible and dramatic account of the humiliations and evils suffered by Jews in concentration camps and a moving testimony to the bond between fathers and sons

The Times

An absolutely extraordinary story. It is the greatest father and son story I've ever come across in my life

Dan Snow

Brilliantly written, vivid, a powerful and often uncomfortable true story that deserves to be read and remembered. It beautifully captures the strength of the bond between a father and son

Heather Morris, author of The New York Times bestselling The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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