I can not say enough about this book. I’ve read many stories on the Holocaust and camps but this is a very different book. It’s the true story about a father and son (Gustav and Fritz) that follow each other to so many interment camps, how they had to leave their family and now the family had to split up, a daughter to England and a brother to America. But it is so much more than that. The author did extensive research which he describes at the end of the book. Very important to read that. The story is history but reads like a novel. I hadn’t heard of many of the other camps, such as Monowitz, etc. these two men were in at least five different ones. We’ve all read about the atrocities but the author describes punishments I had never heard before. How these two men survived is beyond belief. Amazing the strength they both had.
Don’t get put off by the details and depth Dronfield goes into. It’s necessary for understanding the full story of the era. Gustav's son Kurt writes a chapter at the back on how, by reading this book, he finally found out what happened to his mother and sister and was grateful for finally knowing, even though very sad.