THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘An emotionally devastating story of courage – and survival’ i Paper
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, The Choice and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Where there is family, there is hope . . .
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 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 their incredible story for the first time – a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.
The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz is a reminder of both the best and the worst of humanity, the strength of family ties, and the power of the human spirit.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have to say from the beginning of my review that this story felt more like a factual account told by the author as an outsider rather than sort of a feeling of being there through the characters. The research is truly amazing and this terrible account of father and son horrendous but it lacks the core of them somehow. More like a documentary of facts. That being said the events were still vivid and the lengths that father and son took to stay together truly remarkable.
The journey follows Gustav Kleinmann and his son Fritz in 1939 from the day that they were both arrested and taken to the first of many camps during the second world war and the aftermath that followed. The descriptions of the camps and how the prisoners were abused and kept very graphic. Fritz was a young man that intended for him and his father to survive the conditions, quickly working out what would make them valuable as people to the camp.
The account of the two men follows them throughout the war and the lengths that they go to to stay together. An astonishing feat to do on your own but for Fritz to sacrifice himself to the hell of Auschwitz to be with his father is so very honourable.
This is an amazing journey of survival and love between father and son.
I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy Dronfield was born in Wales. After completing a doctorate in archaeology at Cambridge, he began writing fiction. His first novel, The Locust Farm, was shortlisted for the John Creasey Memorial award for debut crime fiction. His subsequent novels include the critically acclaimed The Alchemist’s Apprentice. He also has a parallel career as a ghostwriter and non-fiction author.