The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

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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.

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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

DAILY MAIL & SUNDAY EXPRESS BOOKS OF THE YEAR

The inspiring true story of a father and son’s fight to stay together and survive the Holocaust, for anyone captivated by The Cut Out Girl and The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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 New York Times no. 1 bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz
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Even in darkness, love brings hope.

Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann are father and son in an ordinary Austrian Jewish family when the Nazis come for them.

Sent to Buchenwald concentration camp in 1939 they survive three years of murderous brutality.

Then Gustav is ordered to Auschwitz.

Fritz, desperate not to lose his beloved father, insists he must go too. And though he is told it means certain death, he won’t back down.

So it is that father and son together board a train bound for the most hellish place on Earth . . .

This is the astonishing true story of love and impossible survival.
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‘Extraordinary’ Observer

‘The story is both immersive and extraordinary. Deeply moving and brimming with humanity’ Guardian

‘An emotionally devastating story of courage – and survival’ i Paper

‘We should all read this shattering book about the Holocaust. An astonishing story of the unbreakable bond between a father and a son’ Daily Mail

‘A deeply humane account and a visceral depiction of everyday life in the camps. Could not be more timely and deserves the widest possible readership’ Daily Express

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.6 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xv, 415

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

940.53180922 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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