Jeremy Dronfield: The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz (Book and Exhibit)
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: How much of the story in this book really happened, and how much is fictionalized?
Jeremy Dronfield is a bestselling writer of both fiction and non-fiction. His latest book, The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz, is based on the true story of Gustav Kleinmann, a Viennese upholsterer who was captured by the Nazis together with his teenage son Fritz, and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp. When Gustav heard that he was going to be transferred to Auschwitz, Fritz did everything possible to stay with his father. The secret diary which Gustav managed to keep during their six years of captivity is the basis of Dronfield’s book.
Jeremy presented the Spanish translation in Centro Sefarad-Israel, along with an exhibit of photographs related to the book. You can visit the exhibit until May 16. You can watch a video of a conversation between Jeremy and Kurt Kleinmann, the last living member of the family, here.