The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

The inspiring true story of a father and son's fight to stay together and survive the Holocaust, for anyone captivated by The Choice and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. 'An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival' i Paper 'Extraordinary' Observer _______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 be...


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TitleThe Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz
ISBN9780241359198
Author
Release DateJan 24th, 2019
PublisherMichael Joseph
GenreNonfiction, Adventure, Survival, World War II, Holocaust, History
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Reviews The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

  • Roman Clodia
    1970-01-01
    'The boy is my greatest joy,' Gustave wrote in his secret diary in Buchenwald. 'We strengthen each other. We are one.' So, in 2018, do we really need another book about the Holocaust? In the case of this one I think we do. In the face of many memoirs, fictions, academic and journalistic studies, what Dronfield brings to this story is the sense of the local and particular as he follows a single family of Viennese Jews. From the Anschluss to the en...
  • michelle
    1970-01-01
    I have read several books about the Holocaust but this one will stay with me for a long while. It has been the most graphic book that I have read about the atrocities that happened in the hands of the Nazi’s and the concentration camps.It’s 1939 Gustav Kleinmann a furniture upholsterer and son Fritz Kleinmann are sent to Buchenwald in Germany were a new concentration camp is being built. Fritz is put to work building the camp. By learning con...
  • Karen Whittard
    1970-01-01
    I always wonder how you are meant to show how much you loved the book when it is about such horrific, heartbreaking, real life events. The hollocast was a truely, truely, horrific event and I always wonder how people were brave enough to live thou it and how anyone could want to do this horrific event to anyone of our human race is beyond my capabilities of understand. I’m just in awe of people who had to suffer this horrific event, those who d...
  • Jo-The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
    1970-01-01
    "I want to be with my papa, no matter what happens. I can't go on living without him."After recently reading "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" I have become interested in the powerful stories of survival during World War Two, so when I saw this book, I instantly wanted to read it. "The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz" was an incredible true story of strength, sacrifice and courage. A tale that was both heartbreaking and difficult to compreh...
  • peggy
    1970-01-01
    I am finding it very hard to describe what i have just read so please bare with me. I have been on an incredible journey. I have travelled from Buchenwald to Auschwitz and beyond. This is story of fiction but is written by a survivor of this period of our history. It is based on the seven year period of WW2. The horrors, cruelty and deprivation that a father and his son endure had me more than emotional. A story of love and perseverance when this...
  • Tara
    1970-01-01
    You can't exactly say you enjoy a story about the holocaust or auschwitz so it's difficult to know how to review this. Written as a story by the author it is actually a true story based on the diaries left behind. It is about Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann seized by the Nazis during the war and when Gustav is set to be moved to auschwitz his son Fritz chooses to go with him rather than let his father go alone. It is a story of a father and son's unen...
  • Daniella
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to my enthusiastic GCSE history teacher, World War 2 history is one of my favourite topics, and I can never resist picking up a new book that shines a light on a previously unknown aspect of that time. When an email from Netgalley landed in my inbox, promising a “moving, heartbreaking true story of Auschwitz”, I wanted to know more. Luckily for me, I managed to be one of the first 200 readers who could instantly download a copy of The ...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    It’s hard to say that you can love a book that is filled with so much horror, hate and read such awful atrocities that you could never believe a human being would be capable of inflicting in another, but this book was hard to put down.Following the story of Gustav and Fritz through what can only be described as hell on Earth, it is their devotion to one another as father and son that gets them through.Being sent to Buchenwald, the diaries from ...
  • Tony Nielsen
    1970-01-01
    This is the second Auschwitz related book that I have read recently. The other one being "The Tattooist of Auschwitz". Both tell a seriously disturbing story of the horrors of the hundreds of thousands of Jews and other Nazi "undesirables" who were despatched from their homes across Europe. That anyone survived the treatment they received is truly unbelievable. That a father and son managed to do so for years is amazing. "The Boy Who Followed His...
  • Chrissie
    1970-01-01
    This book is both heartbreaking and inspiring ,the cruelty and sadism of the Nazis and the love between Father and Son with their indomitable spirits and refusal to give up despite horrific punishments .This true story is about Gustav and Fritz Kleinman ,Jews who were seized by the Nazis and thrown into various Concentration Camps finally ending up in Auschwitz .The horrors they had to endure were unbelievable and the love and spirit they both ha...
  • Lozzi Counsell
    1970-01-01
    In this day and age, we all know what happened in the Holocaust and the horrors that took place, but it doesn't hit you as hard as when you know their names and their personal stories. This was one of those books that really got me because pretty soon into the story I felt a deep connection with Gustav, and pretty soon after that Fritz got to me too. I studied Nazi Germany at school and I learnt so much more from this book than the two years of s...
  • Nicholas Masters
    1970-01-01
    What an incredible journey. The injustice is simply heart-breaking, but this one enlightening story of love and perseverance helps us see the human factor in what so often becomes numerical statistics.It is really incredible what fellow humans had to endure. How the perpetrators and perpetrated managed to forge an existence after these monumental events blows my mind.The journey this book took us on was incredible. The lows we experienced reading...
  • Dee Williams
    1970-01-01
    This has to be one of the most difficult and harrowing books that I have ever read. I had to keep putting the book aside and reading something else before going back to it. As harrowing as it was, it was also a very interesting read. This story will definitely stay with me for a long time. I do feel that this should be on the school curriculum for children taking GCSEs to read. This would be a great way for them to learn about some of the atrocit...
  • Alannah Clarke
    1970-01-01
    I thought this was a heartbreaking account of those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi Party within the concentration camps. While I have read a fair few accounts about the atrocities of the camps, this one appears to be unique to me. Despite knowing that the author and his father survived, it was still tough reading about their experiences and I was relieved when they were freed. I encourage anybody to read this book.
  • Philippa Mckenna
    1970-01-01
    I thought this book was fabulous. The fact that this man and his son managed to stay together throughout their years spent in the war camps of Nazi Germany, is in itself totally mind boggling. The ordeals they endured are even more so. How human beings could have treated other human beings in the ways the Nazi's treated the Jews is just beyond me. Yes, this book is hard hitting, but as with all books about Auschwitz and all the other death camps,...
  • MetLineReader
    1970-01-01
    Harrowing but compelling, this is the true story of Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann. It all starts in Vienna and travels to the pit of despair and beyond... a meticulously researched telling that goes far beyond the usual narratives of the Holocaust. An unbelievable story of defiance, humanity and adversity- and how there were good people despite the horrors.5* A difficult read but one that will stay with me. A powerful introduction from Gustav’s gr...
  • Dannielle Potts
    1970-01-01
    Thank You Netgalley & Publishers For Granting My Request To Review This Book. After Reading This, The First Question I Asked Myself Was “How Do I Give A Book Like This; Non-Fictional and About Such Harrowing Events, A Star Rating?”I Thought “Do I Rate It 0 Or 1 Star Because Of The Atrocities It Shows Us In Detail? That We Could Do That To One Another And By Reading This Book, We’re Forced To See It And Accept It” Or “Do I Rate It 5 St...
  • Julie Friar
    1970-01-01
    I visited Auschwitz 12 years ago and was deeply moved, but reading this book about Gustav Kleinmann and his son there really brought hell to life. Gustav and his family came yo the edge of oblivion yet never gave up hope. A true lesson for us all to learn.Please read this book and take that lesson in, that such things cannot ever been forgotten or repeated. Thank you for writing this book for the world to read.
  • Mitch
    1970-01-01
    What can I say about the Boy who followed his father into Auschwitz, It was one of the most tragic memoirs I have read in a long time yet Jeremy Dronfield has managed to write Gustav and Fritz's story in such a way that no matter how tragic it is, it also has a wonderful undercurrent of love running through it. By using Fritz and Gustaz's diaries and getting them to relive their memories, he has written a book that shows how they managed to survi...
  • Chloe Metzger
    1970-01-01
    In the Nazi rule of 1930s Vienna, Gustav Kleinmann and his family were impacted like many Jewish families. Trapped in a nightmare that they didn’t know was only just beginning. Soon after Gustav and his teenage son Fritz are rounded up and sent to a Concentration Camp, where Fritz will do the unthinkable. Well, this was an emotional read. Reading a book about the Holocaust is tough, but needed. Last year I picked up The Tattooist of Auschwitz a...
  • CC
    1970-01-01
    No matter how many books I read about the Holocaust, my heart breaks all over again as I unearth new details and recollections. The story of the Kleinmanns is a new one to me, and I appreciated how respectfully the narrative was handled. Certainly a tale so fantastically brave needs no embellishments. "The Boy..." is an affecting story told from the viewpoint of the entire family via correspondence, interviews, diaries and collaborative evidence....
  • Dannielle Potts
    1970-01-01
    Thank You Netgalley & Publishers For Granting My Request To Review This Book. After Reading This, The First Question I Asked Myself Was “How Do I Give A Book Like This; Non-Fictional and About Such Harrowing Events, A Star Rating?”I Thought “Do I Rate It 0 Or 1 Star Because Of The Atrocities It Shows Us In Detail? That We Could Do That To One Another And By Reading This Book, We’re Forced To See It And Accept It” Or “Do I Rate It 5 St...
  • D Jackson
    1970-01-01
    Powerful and compelling, despite the heart-rending subject matter.There exist many historical records of events about the holocaust and concentration camps and many novels but this really brings the two together. We are, of course, fully aware of the atrocities but somehow they sometimes feel too removed from us - a page in a history book; a figure on a sheet of paper. But Dronfield has set the agonies and emotions suffered by those who were actu...