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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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  • kes chapman
  • leicester, leicestershire, GB
  • 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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  • 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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  • Dudette
  • North Wales
  • 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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  • AnnieB
  • 19-05-19

excellent

How Gustav and Fritz managed to stay alive, is nothing short of amazing, surrounded by starvation, torture and death with no respite. Very emotional.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-19

The world must never forget

This is an extraordinary story of love and resilience in the most awful of circumstances. This book is a must read for everyone !!

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  • Sarah Wright
  • Bassaleg Newport Gwent South Wales
  • 25-04-19

Such a sad story

This had me in tears a few times to hear a first hand evaluation of what those monsters did to the Jews. Definitely recommend this book

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  • lisa m.
  • 22-04-19

Sad, Brilliant book

I learnt about the concentration camps at school but reading this book I can’t not believe the horrors, the torture & reality of what really happened. The journey of this family how they spent the years trying to survive & eventually free has been written really well, a must read. I hope these trie accounts make us learn never to let this happen again.

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  • jackie
  • 21-04-19

We have to be vigilant

This story was extremely moving, the only thing is, it was not a story, it happened. It made me very angry, upset and frustrated, but strangely gave me a little hope for the human race also. Mans inhumanity to man continues to this day, such terrible atrocities should never be forgotten because somehow we have to learn from them and from the strength of some of the people who survived them., otherwise what is the point of living?

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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.