The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

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 the...

Details The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

TitleThe Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz
Release DateJan 24th, 2019
PublisherMichael Joseph
GenreNonfiction, World War II, Holocaust, History, Historical, War, Biography

Reviews The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

  • Evalunasylva
    Um livro real, sobre pessoas reais, acontecimentos reais e dramas reais. Um livro muito completo sobre o Holocausto e os seu horrores contados sobre o olhar de quem os vivenciou. Recomendo vivamente a quem aprecia o género.
  • Roman Clodia
    '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
    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...
  • Jo
    The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitzby Jeremy Dronfield 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 sente...
  • Kirstie
    An incredible book. I’m glad I listened to this rather than read it. Lots of facts, names, dates and places. A horrific read, it’s hard to believe anyone could survive such atrocities
  • Karen Whittard
    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...
  • peggy
    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...
  • Rebecca Hill
    This book is one that will make you cry, it will make you think, and it will make you cringe.I loved this book! It was one of those thought inspiring books that really brings the horrors of the holocaust from one families perspective. The resilience and survival was amazing. The many different ways that they survive and learn to navigate the system that Germany had put into effect shows the determination that they had to survive and share their s...
  • Natasha
    A very well written book about a dark time in history. Written like a novel but all of it is real,a page turner for sure.
  • Jo-The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
    "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...
  • Daniella
    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 ...
  • Donna Hines
    Jewish upholster Gustav and his son Fritz are taken by the Nazi's in 1939 in Vienna to a new concentration camp in Germany.The six year odyssey would not be complete without the bond between the two which ultimately kept them alive in such harsh surroundings.They were inseparable no matter what they had to face.The courage and will to survive is a force to be reckoned with and embraced here.This will bring tears to your eyes as it's straight from...
  • Tara
    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...
  • Rachel
    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 ...
  • Mary
    What a fantastic book so very sad yet so amazing that Gustav and fritz lived to tell their stories
    Uma bela história de vida num cenário de tragédia. Muito bom.
  • miss claire mcnish
    Heart wrenching insight to life as a victim of the holocaust. A really interesting but sad read.
  • Vikki Herrett
    gripping tale , loved this heart braking story . one worth reading
  • Billy Young
    A very real insight into the horrors of the Holocaust.
  • Emmy
    The boy who followed his father to Auschwitz will stay with me forever. It is utterly incomprehensible to fully understand the horrendous experiences the Jewish refugees suffered at the hands of other human beings. The authors account is so remarkable that when I put the book down between chapters I had a deep sense of gut wrenching dread that I wanted so desperately to find out their outcome.. At times I found it hard to read on and absorb the a...
  • Dannielle Potts
    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...
  • Jenee Rager
    Many times it's harder for me to accurately describe what I love about a book versus what I don't like about it. "The Stone Crusher" is handdown one of the best books I've read in a long time, and tells one of the most important stories I've ever read. Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann are father and son who survived six years in WWII concentration camps. Their story was detailed in Gustav's journal, which he managed to smuggle from camp to camp. Two ot...
  • Alannah Clarke
    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.
  • Diana
    "O Holocausto foi um crime feito de viagens, a atravessar a Europa, acompanhadas por uma partitura desafinada de maquinaria. As rodas assobiavam nos carris, os engates grunhiam e sacudiam: o assobio-guincho-tinir-bater das caixas de metal com rodas sobre os carris de metal era uma interminável música de pesadelo." p. 286"Os mortos continuavam mortos, os vivos tinham cicatrizes, e os seus números e as suas histórias ficariam para sempre, como ...
  • Laura Stevenson
    As someone who has a great love of history and learning about the world I can truly say that this book really is outstanding. It was difficult to read at times and made me feel ashamed of our countries reactions to these atrocities during the war but oh my word what a read! Based on the diaries of Gustav Kleinmann we learn the truly heartbreaking story of how Gustav and his son Fritz endure the atrocities of living in concentration camps during W...
  • Tony Nielsen
    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...
  • Kirsti Ferguson
    This book was different to anything i have ever read.-It follows the lives of the Kleinmann family through what is one of the worst times in our history. I was particularly drawn to the book because i have some Jewish family background and i wanted to try to understand more about this time period. The book explores so many different emotions; it's a story of struggle, determination and a family's bond, but it is also one of pain, trauma and devas...
  • Chrissie
    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...
  • Sia
    “Surely one must finally lose the ability to the appalled? It must get worn down like a stone with the passage of use, blunted like a tool, numbed like a limb. One’s moral sense must scar and harden under an unending series of lacerations and bruises.”✨📖 ✨What a disturbing, breathtaking, heartbreaking yet inspiring story this was! An incredible look into one of the darkest time periods of human history. We follow the true story of Gu...
  • Kirstie Ellen
    Biggest thanks to Penguin for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!Initial Thoughts upon FinishingI could not have been more excited to have this book at my fingertips to read; I was not even remotely disappointed. This is an incredible tale of the bravery, courage and will power of a father and son who went into the concentration camps at the beginning of the war and against all odds survived until liberation to...