The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz : a true story of family and survival

Published 2020
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"Vienna, 1930s. The Kleinmann family live a simple, ordinary life. Gustav works as a furniture upholsterer while Tini keeps their modest apartment. Their greatest joy is their children: Fritz, Edith, Herta and Kurt. But after the Nazis annex Austria, the Kleinmanns' world rapidly shifts before their eyes. Neighbours turn on them, the business is seized. The threat to the family becomes ever greater. Gustav and Fritz are among the first to be taken. Nazi police send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany, the beginning of an unimaginable ordeal. Over the months of suffering that follow, there is one constant that keeps them alive: the love between father and son. Then they discover that Gustav will be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, and Fritz is faced with a choice: let his father die alone, or join him ... Based on meticulous archival research and Gustav's secret diary, this book tells the Kleinmanns' remarkable story for the first time."-- Page [4] of cover.

9780063019317 (hardcover)
xvi, 423, 16 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2019 by Penguin Random House UK"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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