The inspiring true story of a father and son's fight to stay together and survive the Holocaust, for anyone captivated by The Cut Out Girl and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
'An extraordinary tale' The Times ___________
'Everyone thinks, tomorrow it will be my turn. Daily, hourly, death is before our eyes . . .'
Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann are father and son in an ordinary Austrian Jewish family when the Nazis come for them.
Sent to Buchenwald concentration camp in 1939 they survive three years of murderous brutality.
Then Gustav is ordered to Auschwitz.
Fritz, desperate not to lose his beloved father, insists he must go too. And though he is told it means certain death, he won't back down.
So it is that father and son together board a train bound for the most hellish place on Earth . . .
This is the astonishing true story of horror, love and impossible survival.
'The story is both immersive and extraordinary. Deeply moving and brimming with humanity' Guardian
'An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival' i Paper
'A deeply humane account and a visceral depiction of everyday life in the camps. Could not be more timely and deserves the widest possible readership' Daily Express
An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival (i)
An extraordinary tale (The Times (Best Books of 2019))
The inspiring true story of Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann, an Austrian father and son who managed to survive internments in concentration camps from Buchenwald to Auschwitz. Dronfield draws extensively on Gustav's diary, allowing us inside the incredible bond between father and son that kept them together through harrowing experiences, and, like all the best narrative nonfiction, the story is both immersive and extraordinary. Deeply moving and brimming with humanity. (Guardian)
We should all read this shattering book about the Holocaust. An astonishing story of the unbreakable bond between a father and a son. Brilliantly researched and written with searing clarity (Daily Mail)
An extraordinary tale of endurance and filial love. It is a miraculous story with many twists and Dronfield tells it well in an energetic and lively style (The Times)
Extraordinary . . . an affecting father-and-son tale (The Times)
A unique story of defiance and hope amid the genocide (Daily Mail)
A defiant record of a horrific experience (Blouin Artinfo)