This powerful, moving middle grade adaptation of the adult international bestselling narrative nonfiction book The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz shines a light on the true story of two brothers who experienced the atrocities of the Holocaust in very different ways.
Fritz Kleinmann was fourteen when the Nazis took over Vienna. Kurt, his little brother, was eight. Under Hitler’s brutal regime, their Austrian-Jewish family of six was cruelly torn apart.
Taken to Buchenwald concentration camp, Fritz and his Papa, Gustav, underwent hard labor and starvation. Meanwhile, Kurt made the difficult voyage, all alone, to America, to escape the war.
When Papa was ordered to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, Fritz—desperate not to lose his beloved father—insisted he must go too. Together, they endured countless atrocities to survive.
Jeremy Dronfield authentically and accurately captures this family tale of bravery, love, hope, and survival with the help of extensive research and primary sources like Gustav’s diary and interviews with family members. Maps, black-and-white photos, a timeline of events, a glossary, and more are included.
Jeremy Dronfield is a biographer, historian, novelist and former archaeologist. He is the author of the forthcoming middle-grade narrative nonfiction book The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: A Story Retold, and his recent adult nonfiction titles include Dr. James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time, a Sunday Times Book of the Year. He lives in England.
"A family’s experiences in the Holocaust told in heart-stopping, relentless detail. Difficult, gut-wrenching, terrifying, gruesome, and so very important: never again." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Absolutely necessary read. This essential work shows young readers how the Holocaust came to happen and how two amazing human beings survived its horrors.” — School Library Journal (starred review)