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The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: A True Story of Family and… (utgåvan 2020)

av Jeremy Dronfield (Författare)

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Sophie Brody Award Honorable Mention In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his sixteen-year-old son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. It was the beginning of a six-year odyssey almost without parallel. They helped build Buchenwald, young Fritz learning construction skills which would help preserve him from extermination in the coming years. But it was his bond with his father that would ultimately keep them both alive. When the fifty-year-old Gustav was transferred to Auschwitz--a certain death sentence--Fritz was determined to go with him. His wiser friends tried to dissuade him--"If you want to keep living, you have to forget your father," one said. But that was impossible, and Fritz pleaded for a place on the Auschwitz transport. "He is a true comrade," Gustav wrote in his secret diary, "always at my side. The boy is my greatest joy. We are inseparable." Gustav kept his diary hidden throughout his six years in the death camps--even Fritz knew nothing of it. From this diary, Fritz's own accounts, and other eyewitness testimony, Jeremy Dronfield has constructed a riveting tale of a father-son bond that proved stronger than the machine that sought to break them both. … (mer)
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Titel:The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: A True Story of Family and Survival
Författare:Jeremy Dronfield (Författare)
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 464 pages
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A unique holocaust story

A true and moving story of a father and son and their bond through the most horrible event of our lifetime. It's a unique story and every word of it is true. Told with brutal honesty and emotion, you will come to ask yourself how they endured what they did. Was it because they were together? Read it and you decide. ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
Beautiful story of one of the millions of families caught up in the horror of the nazis' murderous rampage during WWII. Gustav Kleinmann was a good husband, father of 4, and a kind man. He loved and fought for Austria, twice suffering injuries. But that didn't help when the nazis came for him and his oldest son Fritz. His wife, Tini expended much effort trying to get her children out of the country, and managed to send the oldest, Edith to England, and later her youngest to the US.

Gustav and Fritz spent nearly 6 years in multiple concentration camps as slave labor to the nazi machine of war. Together with their wits and much love.they were able to support each other despite back-breaking work, beatings, starvation, cold, and disease. Gustav kept a small notebook of significant events and his feelings which would years later become the foundation of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz.

Reading about Gustav's naive optimism, and the fact that father and son were able to remain together for so long is captivating. Book should be read to learn how this one family fared.
  Bookish59 | Dec 8, 2020 |
true history, resilience
  Renaissancereader | Nov 24, 2020 |
Crying is not something a non-fiction book evokes in me. The horrors of Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps is enough to drive one to tears. But Jeremy Dronfield’s writing is as compelling and moving as a novel.

This is the story of Gustav Kleinmann and his son, Fritz. Gustav was a decorated soldier who had fought for Germany’s ally, Austria, in World War One. Gustav and one of his sons, Fritz, were arrested in 1938 for being Jewish. They’d been betrayed by neighbours.

Gustav kept a diary throughout the five years he and Fritz were incarcerated. The Nazi’s monstrous murderous and mendacious behaviour contrasts with the Kleinmanns’ steadfast resistance which is inspiring.

They were sent separately to the Buchenwald concentration camp where they were reunited. A fluke of fate had Fritz stripped of his star, that denoted Jewish prisoners. His sudden change of status to Aryan is an astonishing act of hypocrisy that reveals the insanity of the Nazi’s idiotic racist ideology.

This is a story of horror but also hope and testament to extraordinary human endurance. And it’s the story of love and loyalty. But it’s also the story of what can happen when power is unchecked and where what starts as vilifying those different to us can lead.

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in where humanity’s future and for those interested in 20th century history. Jeremy Dronfield has honoured Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann in a fitting and compelling way. We must never forget.



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Sophie Brody Award Honorable Mention In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his sixteen-year-old son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. It was the beginning of a six-year odyssey almost without parallel. They helped build Buchenwald, young Fritz learning construction skills which would help preserve him from extermination in the coming years. But it was his bond with his father that would ultimately keep them both alive. When the fifty-year-old Gustav was transferred to Auschwitz--a certain death sentence--Fritz was determined to go with him. His wiser friends tried to dissuade him--"If you want to keep living, you have to forget your father," one said. But that was impossible, and Fritz pleaded for a place on the Auschwitz transport. "He is a true comrade," Gustav wrote in his secret diary, "always at my side. The boy is my greatest joy. We are inseparable." Gustav kept his diary hidden throughout his six years in the death camps--even Fritz knew nothing of it. From this diary, Fritz's own accounts, and other eyewitness testimony, Jeremy Dronfield has constructed a riveting tale of a father-son bond that proved stronger than the machine that sought to break them both. 

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