Date: Thursday 21 February 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly
General Admission: £7
Book & Admission: £17
Tickets available here.
In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Viennese upholsterer, and his sixteen-year old son, Fritz, were arrested by the SS, along with hundreds of other Jewish men. Torn from their family, Gustav and Fritz were sent initially to Buchenwald in Germany, where the infamous concentration camp was then being built.
This was the beginning of a six-year odyssey. Gustav and Fritz were forced to help build Buchenwald, labouring in the killing grounds of the camp’s stone quarry. When the ageing Gustav and 400 other Jews were selected for transfer to the terrifying new camp at Auschwitz, Fritz couldn’t bear to be parted from his father. In an act of extraordinary love and courage, Fritz volunteered for the Auschwitz transport. The brutal true story of Gustav and Fritz is told for the first time in The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield, based on Gustav’s diary, Fritz’s memories, and interviews with surviving members of the family.
Hatchards are delighted to host Jeremy Dronfield at 6:30pm on Thursday 21 February. This discussion is a testament to the courage, luck and human devotion that keeps people alive, resisting and outliving their oppressors – the evening will be chaired by Helen Fry, author and historian.