[Epub] ➤ The Stone Crusher: The True Story of a Father and Son's Fight for Survival in Auschwitz ➥ Jeremy Dronfield – Liversite.co.uk

The Stone Crusher: The True Story of a Father and Son's Fight for Survival in Auschwitz The Sunday Times Bestseller A Remarkable Story Of The Heroic And Unbreakable Bond Between A Father And Son That Is As Inspirational As The Tattooist Of Auschwitz And As Mesmerizing As The ChoiceWhere There Is Family, There Is HopeIn , Gustav Kleinmann, A Jewish Upholster From Vienna, And His Sixteen Year Old Son Fritz Are Arrested By The Gestapo And Sent To Germany Imprisoned In The Buchenwald Concentration Camp, They Miraculously Survive The Nazis Murderous BrutalityThen Gustav Learns He Is Being Sent To Auschwitz And Certain DeathFor Fritz, Letting His Father Go Is Unthinkable Desperate To Remain Together, Fritz Makes An Incredible Choice He Insists He Must Go Too To The Nazis, One Death Camp Is The Same As Another, And So The Boy Is Allowed To Follow Throughout The Six Years Of Horror They Witness And Immeasurable Suffering They Endure As Victims Of The Camps, One Constant Keeps Them Alive Their Love And Hope For The Future Based On The Secret Diary That Gustav Kept As Well As Meticulous Archival Research And Interviews With Members Of The Kleinmann Family, Including Fritz S Younger Brother Kurt, Sent To The United States At Age Eleven To Escape The War, The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz Is Gustav And Fritz S Story An Extraordinary Account Of Courage, Loyalty, Survival, And Love That Is Unforgettable

10 thoughts on “The Stone Crusher: The True Story of a Father and Son's Fight for Survival in Auschwitz

  1. says:

    glance at the title of Jeremy Dronfield s The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz will have you shaking your head in sheer disbelief A place of certain and horrific death, why anyone would willingly choose this path of fate is unfathomable But it did happen, to Austrian Jews Gustav Kleinmann and his faithful son, Fritz The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz is an almost unbelievable account at times of one of the worst years in our history books, the Holocaust It is also a very personal recollection, based on smuggled diaries smuggled from camp to camp by Gustav Kleinmann It will both unsettle and astound you.Biographer, historian and experienced non fiction author Jeremy Dronfield has compiled an incredibly moving account of the Holocaust I have to agree with Jeremy in his Preface, that one side of us wishes that the terrible event of the Holocaust never happened and it wasn t true But the other half desperately wants to give brevity and acceptance to those that were a part of the Holocaust, the survivors and those who perished It is vital to give recognition to the memory of those who were touched by one of our most regrettable events in history Following author Jeremy Dronfield s Preface is a Foreword penned by the son and brother of the two men featured in this book Kurt Kleinmann s words held plenty of weight for me Kurt states I am grateful and appreciative that my family s Holocaust story has been brought to the public s attention and will not be forgotten The act of simply selecting this book and taking some time out of your day to read the Kleinmann s story is an important act, working towards preserving the memory of those who remind us about how we take freedom for granted Composed in four parts, beginning in Vienna, then Buchenwald, Auschwitz and ending in Survival , The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz is a moving memoir This book reads much like a novel at times, inspired by the preserved diaries of Gustav Kleinmann, the father figure of this tale A detailed Epilogue, Bibliography and Sources page, Acknowledgements, Notes and Index characterises Jeremy Dronfield s book There is no denying the amount of time, effort, research and heartache that went into forming this book We learn that The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz was formulated on the basis of personal diaries, firsthand accounts and research Together, these sources work to support the other, so a full and very visual representation of what happened to the Kleinmann family forms There were many moments where I felt that this book could be easily transferred to the screen and beamed across cinemas worldwide.In a book that deals with such a grim and heartbreaking subject matter it is hard to develop a sense of hope, but The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz is a story of survival, against all odds It begs belief and reminds us both of the human spirit to endure, but also the strength of the bond between a son and his father I do have to admit that this book got to me, than a few times I had to close it, walk away, refresh and recoup I also found it hard to review and rate a book of this nature, how can you put a value on the determination to survive, in the face of such overwhelming defeat I consider myself quite well read in the subject area this book covers, having devoured a vast range of fiction, non fiction, memoirs, articles and museum based information on the Holocaust But, yet again, I was truly amazed that an original story has come to our attention, after decades of laying this truly atrocious time in our world history to rest I was able to grasp at new stories of the Holocaust, which were experienced by the Kleinmann family The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz reminds us that no experience of the Holocaust should be discounted, nor is it the same We need to continue to revive and share these powerful accounts, may they never be buried I wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

  2. says:

    The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield is the true story of the atrocities in the concentration camp during the Second World War.Gustav and his son Fritz are arrested and sent to a Buchenwald concentration camp.Father and son are put to work and are treated cruelly When Gustav is to be transferred to Auschwitz his son goes with his father even though he has heard that no one survives there.This is the story of the bond between father and son and the determination to face their fate together.Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my e copy in exchange for an honest review.

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    The boy is my greatest joy, Gustave wrote in his secret diary in Buchenwald We strengthen each other We are one So, in 2018, do we really need another book about the Holocaust In the case of this one I think we do In the face of many memoirs, fictions, academic and journalistic studies, what Dronfield brings to this story is the sense of the local and particular as he follows a single family of Viennese Jews From the Anschluss to the end of the war, this is an unashamedly emotive and deeply moving story as Gustave and his eldest son, Fritz, are rounded up and put on one of the first transports to a Nazi labour camp and then moved to Auschwitz Based on Gustave s diary that he somehow managed to hold onto plus interviews this book does a tremendous job of telling the personal stories at its heart against the backdrop of the war generally It s nice to see, too, Dronfield s gestures to our present as desperate refugees are refused visas to the US the United States had a theoretical quota of sixty thousand refugees a year, but chose not to use it and face xenophobic treatment in the UK The press with the Daily Mail at the forefront had helped whip up paranoia about fifth columnists i.e German speaking Jews who had fled from Austria and Germany and now faced internment in the UK in case they were closet Nazis I couldn t help also reading a reference to Brexiteering isolationist rhetoric about Britain s lone stand against Hitler in the corrective comment from Dronfield the RAF had become a coalition force, its British and Commonwealth pilots joined by exiles from Poland, France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia Britain still liked to think of itself as a sole nation, but it was nothing of the sort Ultimately, though, this is a story about unimaginable human endurance and the love that binds Gustave and Fritz Dronfield is not blind to the selfish instinct for survival that, of course, is a part of camp narratives, but in this story there is compensating comradeship, friendship in some surprising places, organised resistance and sheer good luck, too.A harrowing read but also, I think, a heartening one Many thanks to Penguin for an ARC via NetGalley.

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    I have read several books about the Holocaust but this one will stay with me for a long while It has been the most graphic book that I have read about the atrocities that happened in the hands of the Nazi s and the concentration camps.It s 1939 Gustav Kleinmann a furniture upholsterer and son Fritz Kleinmann are sent to Buchenwald in Germany were a new concentration camp is being built Fritz is put to work building the camp By learning construction skills, it stops him being exterminated from the Nazis Whilst he is doing that his father Gustav is working in one of the factories But one day Gustav is summoned to be transferred to Auschwitz Fritz told by his friends to let him go As anyone that goes there dies there, never to return But the bond between son and father is too strong and Fritz decides to go with him The story continues for the next 5 years Gustav writing all what he sees and hears in a diary that is kept hidden.The is a story about the bond between father and son and the resilience they had, to stay alive from the cruelty and suffering in the concentration camps This was a real eye opener for me as I learnt about what happened then in other books I have read Although this is not a nice subject to be liked This was a real page turner for me and I couldn t put this down I highly recommend it.

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    Today it s the 75th anniversary that the gates of Auschwitz are open and I finish this book with deep thoughts and try to imagine the cruelty and what human beings can do to each other s in this particular environment in their very worst and best It s a hard chapter of human race to remember the atrocities but also a life lesson This is a book about a boy who followed his dad to Auschwitz concentration camp, even when he heard about the existence of gas chambers, slavery, hunger and diseases that can easily spread and be deadlystill he didn t want to be apart or leave his dad alone 4

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    A beautifully devastating and moving account from a Jewish family in nazi occupied territory during the war Like Anne Franks diary, notes were kept throughout the war describing the atrocities committed against prisoners within the many concentration camps positioned throughout Europe.This was an incredibly detailed and well researched book much of it is taken from eyewitness accounts of experiences in the camps The resilience of the prisoners is astounding and heartbreaking at the same time.A thoroughly worthwhile read for those intrigued by World War Two history.

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    thank you to Netgalley, Jeremy Dronfield and Penguin UK for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 3 stars.Auschwitz stories are all such powerfully emotional stories that are sure to leave an imprint on your heart This was no exception but I did feel that I didn t quite feel as connected with this story as I have with other War and Auschwitz stories I m not sure why exactly so I m unable to explain it I felt it was quite well written and it is one I m glad I had been given the chance to read but I don t think I would reread it.

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    This book gave me all the emotions Like omg This book inspired me, and it makes me even thankful and grateful for the life I am currently living and that I shouldn t take it for granted I would have given this book a 5 stars but while reading it there was some bits where I was confused and was going to DNF it but honestly, I an glad I didnt It also made me realise that prior to reading the book I never actually knew that that is what happened and that is how they survived the holocaust in the end It was very moving.I highly recommend this book to all love to know about History

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    I have always been interested in books on the Holocaust and as soon as I read the blurb for this one I was desperate to read it This is another book though that I am going to be in the minority with Yes it is a harrowing tale but for me it lacked depth and emotion I didn t feel any of the horrors that were happening to people or the atrocities that were going on in the camp It was all to much matter of fact rather than really getting into Gustav and Fritz s minds There is certainly a lot of description and background of what things were like during the war and the camps and the author really does go into detail and it is really interesting It s really hard to not be overly positive about a book when the story is true and I know the people whose story is being told will have been to hell and back I am always grateful to them for telling their story For me though the authors writing style just didn t pull on my emotions Like I say, am no doubt I will be in the minority and would still urge people to read as anyone that went through what Gustav and Fritz did, deserve to be heard.My thanks to NetGalley and Michael Joseph for a copy of this book All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  10. says:

    This book was different to anything i have ever read It follows the lives of the Kleinmann family through what is one of the worst times in our history I was particularly drawn to the book because i have some Jewish family background and i wanted to try to understand about this time period The book explores so many different emotions it s a story of struggle, determination and a family s bond, but it is also one of pain, trauma and devastation I love how the writer seamlessly inserts quotations into the body of the story, it is so well done that you forget that he is writing someone else s life and not his own The amount of work, time and research that must have gone into this book is awe inspiring, and i m grateful to the author for creating it I think this is a really important read for everyone Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin UK for an ARC of this book netgalley penguinbooks 5