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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A must read

Very good narration.

Gives insights of things that happened in the camp.

It was a horrible journey for the father and son that I am not sure if I could listen to it again.

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Haunting

Having read what this father and son had to endure for 5 long year and to still have each other it will stay with me for a long time

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Heart wrenching

Loved it. So many twists leaving me questioning myself. Beautify told, heart warming one min and wrenching the vern next.

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Inspiring

A truly inspiring story, the devotion and love between father and son is very moving. Survival of such appalling events is a miracle.