The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

Narrated by: John Sackville
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Sigrin
  • 05-08-19

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
  • 03-09-19

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
  • 03-07-19

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
  • 02-12-19

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
  • 05-05-19

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
  • 08-17-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-20

can't believe it is real!

I have known bits about the holocaust, from School and general knowledge. But I learnt so much from this personal account, that is delivered like a horror story but factually correct. I understand so much more now about the logistics and system in which the nazi's carried out the genocide of the Jews. shocking, but if you need to "switch you mind off" in order to be able to stomach the truth, this has enough of a storyline that you can follow along as if it's fiction

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-20

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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  • frances bell
  • 07-06-20

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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  • 06-10-20

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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  • 06-02-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-20

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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  • synapps
  • 02-06-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-19

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.