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Publisher's Summary

In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his 16-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 five-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 50-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,” they 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. In it he recorded his story, a tale of survival and a father-son bond which proved stronger than the machine that sought to break them both. 

©2018 Jeremy Dronfield (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. This audiobook is published in arrangement with Chicago Review Press c/o Susan Schulman Literary Agency.

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Fantastic, moving read

My husband and I listens to this book during a 13 hour drive, and quite frankly we were blown away. Best true story about the Holocaust we have read in a long time. Great voice actor, great story, I recommend everyone reads

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A Harrowing tale

A brilliant telling of a story about a Jewish family from Vienna during WW2. Perhaps the most bone chilling first hand account Of the horrors of Nazi Germany and life in concentration camps I have heard to date.

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Kept my interest all thru the audiobook

So sad heartbreaking story of an Austrian family during holocaust.
What courage the father and son had and defied all odds being Jews in several camps. The cruelty of the nazis can’t be overstated and how the father and sons with stood it will amaze you. Highly recommend this book

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CHilling reality - eye opening!

Should be mandatory read in high schools and universities ! Couldn’t stop listening - very emotional! Very well written and narrated! Cannot fathom how this ever was allowed to happen for sooo many years ! Never Forget!!!!

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A Must Read!!

This book is a must read.
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Riveting. Heart wrenching. Enlightening. Highly recommended story.

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The Stone Crusher

This is a must read! A story of despair, but also hope and triumph!
One of the best I’ve listened to on Audible...it leaves a lesson for all of us....even on our worst days no one has suffered more than people like Gustav and Fritz Kleinmen.

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One of the Best True Holocaust Books

I’m not a great reviewer, but I must recommend this book. Incredible and compelling, this listens as smooth as a well crafted novel. That it’s true is completely amazing. It broadened my knowledge of the camps, types of camps, types of prisoners in the camps and daily camp life. Christopher Lane is in my top 3 narrators and he shines here. I have read or listened to dozens of books and novels of the Holocaust and this is certainly near the top, if not number one. Thank you to the Kleinmann family for sharing this tale of your incredible family. They are the epitome of strength and enduring beyond human endurance.

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Wow...

I’ve read many stories about survivors and this has to be one of the best. Amazing story about father and son. Loved it!

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Great story! Wonderful Narrator!

I have listened to this over and over. Touching story and so vividly portrayed by the narrator.

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the stone crusher

well read, how can some one beat true life, in order for tomorrow to understand and learn they have to learn from the past . the brave to tell of it.

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