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The stone crusher : the true story of a father and son's fight for survival in Auschwitz

Author: Jeremy Dronfield
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his 16-year old son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. It was the beginning of a six-year odyssey almost without parallel. They helped build Buchenwald, young Fritz learning construction skills which would help preserve him from extermination in the coming years.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dronfield, Jeremy.
Stone crusher.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018]
(DLC) 2018005240
Named Person: Gustav Kleinmann; Fritz Kleinmann; Fritz Kleinmann; Gustav Kleinmann
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Dronfield
ISBN: 9781613739648 1613739648 9781613739655 1613739656
OCLC Number: 1022977244
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Front Flip; Title Page; Half Title; Copyright; Contents; Dedication; Preface; Prologue; Part I: Vienna; 1. "When Jewish Blood Drips from the Knife. . ."; 2. Traitors to the People; Part II: Buchenwald; 3. Blood and Stone: Konzentrationslager Buchenwald; 4. The Stone Crusher; 5. The Road to Life; 6. A Favorable Decision; 7. The New World; 8. Unworthy of Life; 9. A Thousand Kisses; 10. A Trip to Death; Part III: Auschwitz; 11. A Town Called Oswiecim; 12. Auschwitz-Monowitz; 13. The End of Gustav Kleinmann, Jew; 14. Resistance and Collaboration: The Death of Fritz Kleinmann. 15. The Kindness of Strangers16. Far from Home; 17. Resistance and Betrayal; Part IV: Survival; 18. Death Train; 19. Mauthausen; 20. The End of Days; 21. The Long Way Home; Epilogue: Jewish Blood; Bibliography and Sources; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index; Back Flip: About the Author; Back Cover.
Responsibility: Jeremy Dronfield.

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"In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his 16-year old son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. It was the beginning of a six-year odyssey almost without parallel. They helped build Buchenwald, young Fritz learning construction skills which would help preserve him from extermination in the coming years. But it was his bond with his father that would ultimately keep them both alive. When the 50-year old Gustav was transferred to Auschwitz--a certain death sentence--Fritz was determined to go with him. His wiser friends tried to dissuade him--"If you want to keep living, you have to forget your father," they said. But that was impossible, and Fritz pleaded for a place on the Auschwitz transport. "He is a true comrade," Gustav wrote in his secret diary, "always at my side. The boy is my greatest joy. We are inseparable." Gustav kept his diary hidden throughout his six years in the death camps--even Fritz knew nothing of it. In it he recorded his story, a tale of survival and a father-son bond which proved stronger than the machine that sought to break them both"--

"Along with his 16-year old son Fritz, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. Gustav kept his diary hidden throughout his six years in the death camps--even Fritz knew nothing of it"--

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