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The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

Written by: Jeremy Dronfield
Narrated by: John Sackville
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield, read by John Sackville.  

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 audiobook tells his and Fritz's story for the first time - a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.

©2019 Jeremy Dronfield (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • shaun hutton
  • 07-03-19

Unforgettable

I fly out to Poland in 10 days to visit auschwitz, this book was a fitting way to put the suffering off the people there in the forefront of my mind ready for the visit. Nobody should ever forget what the nazis did during ww2.

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  • Sigrin
  • 08-05-19

Lest we forget


An amazing book, not the usual holocaust style. A true story from the diary of Kleinman with lots of historical facts.

It is unpleasant listening, but equally fascinating as we live in a society withour first world problems.
It’s incredible to think that these atrocities happened less than a hundred years ago. Some of us have relatives who were alive when this piece of history happened.

The essence of the book is the spirit of resilience, bravery and courage that kept these truly amazing individuals going through all of the horrors they suffered.

We must never forget those who survived and those who did not.

May we never be in the situation of a world war due to the hatred of our fellow human beings beliefs.

We do have to ask ourselves why is religion at the heart of most wars. Is it really that important?

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  • kes chapman
  • 09-03-19

The boy who followed his father in to ausch witz

Truely amazing story. Very well written and emotionally read. A story i couldn't put down, it draws you in and you feel their pain,courage and faith in surviving the horrors and being reunited.

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  • martin otoole
  • 12-02-19

Fantastic: Must read/watch

Loved this book. Sackville is the perfect narrater. remarkable story which outlines the framework of the barbaric nature of Nazi Germany

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  • Dudette
  • 05-05-19

Thought provoking true story

An excellent account of the horrors of WW11 and the concentration camps. The story was one of hope in amongst the incomprehensible monstrosities that went on during those years to innocent people. This was an honest and researched account of the time and read well by John Sackville.

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  • cumbriana
  • 17-08-19

An amazing recount of a jewish family

The story was gripping. I also learnt a lot about the horrors of concentration camps. It was like a recount with little emotion.

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  • Beverley
  • 10-07-19

heartbreaking but inspiring

moving story with professional narrator. A study of humanity at its worst and best. Everyone has a duty to know about the holocaust.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-19

A riviting story.

A rivitingbstory of real accounts from survivors of this terrible time.
Tales of love and trust against evil people.

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  • kathy
  • 03-07-19

harrowing story but a must read

an absolutely heart breaking personal story of the fall of Vienna to the Nazis and the persecution of it's Jewish people and the wider story of the persecution of thousands of people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs. it's also a great personal story of the ability of love to overcome hate and the strength of family and friendships. A fabulous book

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  • Chris Tomkinson
  • 30-06-19

Fantastic story

I moved onto this book having listened to the tattooist of auschwitz, and like that this proves to be a remarkable story that stopped me on many occasions whilst I listened during my working day.
Would highly recommend to anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-19

Narrator is perfect for story

Compelling. Detailed. Immersive. NarrAted perfectly. Tone. Pace. Pronunciation. Story is written beautifully. An exemplary audiobook. You will not be disappointed. I listened to this within 2 days.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-19

Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann “outlasted the people who had tried to destroy them”

Possibly the best holocaust book (14 so far) that I have listened too. The unbelievable detail of places, events, names due to Gustav’s diary guarded with his life for over five years seven months of hell.

“They took their past with the understanding that the living must gather the memories of the dead and carry them into the safety of the future.”

A must read/listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-19

a story of love and survival during nazi crimes

a story of love and survival during our darkest days of the nazi crimes. the book is well written. narrator is good and easy to understand.