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The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

Narrated by: John Sackville
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
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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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Worth every cent

I couldn't stop listening to this book. Very interesting, well written, heart breaking at times, but overall a beautiful account.

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Brilliant story!

An outstanding read/listen! Hard to find a point to stop listening. The whole story is very well written and well researched for its use of dates and events. The narrator is brilliant. It can be very confronting at times but I would highly recommended it.

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A Profoundly Moving Story, Beautifully Written, Magnificently Read

Set in the context of the relentless, unthinkable inhumanity and evil perpetrated on an extraordinary, industrial scale by the Nazi machine, this is not only an astonishing story of survival, but an account of how humanity, resistance, ingenuity, decency, hope and dignity among otherwise ordinary people can combine to prevail over the murderous indifference of a brutal regime. A poignant and confronting story of extreme hardship and unmitigated cruelty that is ultimately uplifting and inspiring.

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Simply chilling but captivating

This is a story of the sheer horrors of man kind during the second world war. However it is simply captivating to hear the friendship forged the helped keep so many alive. After my recent visit to eastern and central Europe on a high school music tour and visiting the camp of Auschwitz the story is a griping one that echoed through the walls of the camp. During the visit the sheer closeness to where they experienced it but also the distance to how I could never experience and comprehend the pain they went through. It is a simply gripping true story of family, friends and there journey to survival. would highly recommend.

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good read

A heart warming story agood storyline..One of strength and determination of survival. plus the evil people can inflicted on other without regard

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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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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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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.

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  • 08-05-2019

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
  • 09-03-2019

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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  • shaun hutton
  • 07-03-2019

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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  • martin otoole
  • 12-02-2019

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
  • 05-05-2019

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
  • 17-08-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-2020

Moving story

Found this book absorbing throughout very moving and enlightening and opened my eyes and ears to history I never properly understood

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2020

Unbelievable Story

Narrator was perfect. None of us will be able to comprehend what these 2 men went through but this story gives us a true insight of what mankind is capable of.

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  • Fran Brock
  • 18-09-2020

Fascinating

A true story of a family and their survival during the Second World War. The courage and strength that was shown by this father and son and the obvious love between them. This should feature in all schools curriculum as the Holocaust should never be forgotten and this particular book is inspirational and an extraordinary tale.

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  • Athina
  • 14-09-2020

what a journey

very well presented. how strong Fritz Kleinmann and his father Gustav were to live through torture hunger freezing and poor conditions. I cried over Tinis and daughter Herthas brutal murder. I had tears in my eye many of times. I am glad that Gustav and Fritz manage to live until an old age and that Fritz made sure nothing will ever be forgotten....