Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel based on an untold true story” as Want to Read:
The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel based on an untold true story
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel based on an untold true story

by
4.38  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  72 reviews
My brother’s tears left a delicate, clean line on his face. I stroked his cheek, whispered, it’s really you…

Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war.

But one day in 1944, everything changes. The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour

...more
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by One More Chapter
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Brothers of Auschwitz, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Brothers of Auschwitz

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.38  · 
Rating details
 ·  231 ratings  ·  72 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel based on an untold true story
Holly
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The Brothers of Auschwitz, a biographical novel, is the most moving and disturbing Holocaust book I’ve ever read and there have been quite a few. Yes, any story about the experience of being in a concentration camp is deeply upsetting but this one was extremely raw and emotional for me. The detail is exceptional and it will shock you to your core. The reader will feel the pain, anguish, desperation, helplessness, terror, and the horrors of it all as experienced by these two brothers who were ...more
Mark Porton
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Brothers of Auschwitz is a powerful book written by Israeli Author Malka Adler, based on the true stories of teenage brothers Dov and Yitzhak’s harrowing (that word seems so weak) experiences during the holocaust in WWII. The brothers and their family were unmercifully removed from their village in Czechoslovakia in 1944, they were taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Adler uses their accounts as well as her father’s own experiences in Treblinka and her own research to write this incredible story.

...more
Romancereadingaddict
this book makes your emotions go crazy. The author was so descriptive that you could feel the pain and the hurt that dov and yitzak went through. Even though Dov and Yitak aren’t “ real” the experiences that they went through are very real back in world war 2. The descriptions of people being beat, the hunger, and family’s being ripped apart was common in that time. It is a very sad, book that brings out all your emotions.
Kimberly
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
"The Brothers of Auschwitz" by Malka Adler is an emotional roller coaster. I have read dozens of books similar to this one, but none has ever made me feel the way this one did. The writing was so descriptive, it was almost like reading a stream of consciousness where you are sitting across from Dov or Yitzak and they are just letting their stories come out. Even though the brothers are fictional characters, the events they lived through and the experiences they had were very real for millions of ...more
Sydney Long
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
First and foremost, please let me start by saying this book took me longer to read than most. It’s quite emotional and I had to take breaks every so often because I needed to process what I was reading. This book is also very graphic, as it should be. It definitely paints a vivid picture of what life was life for these characters before, during and after the war.

I originally was going to give The Brothers of Auschwitz 4 ’s because I didn’t like the way the story itself was cut into at random
...more
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Review for 'The brothers of Aushcwitz' by Malka Adler
Read and reviewed via NetGalley

My brother’s tears left a delicate, clean line on his face. I stroked his cheek, whispered, it’s really you …

Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war.

But one day in 1944, everything changes. The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour before the train will take them to
...more
Jeanette
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read quite a few books (fiction and non-fiction) on Auschwitz and this is book is amongst the best that i have read. Three years ago, i visited Auschwitz - Birkenau, which was an experience that i will never forget. I have also seen volumes of books whilst in Germany of all those who died in prisoner of war camps. It doesn't even bear thinking about! It makes you wonder how many families were just like Dov and Yitzhak and managed to survive against all the odds. This was a very moving ...more
Karen Whittard
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so moving. It is harrowing and stunning, really well written and heartbreakingly raw. The author writes this book with such compassion but take you into the pages of the book with an unflinching rawful truthfulness. I can’t fathom what these people went through. It should never have ever been able to happen and i am so sorry to each and everyone of the people who have been hurt by these awful historical events.
Maggie Bermann
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brothers of Auschwitz is a powerful book written by Israeli Author Malka Adler, based on the true stories of teenage brothers Dov and Yitzhak’s.

It took me a wee while to get to grips with authors writing but at same time (and though we all know end of story) I couldnt put the book down. At end of day even i learnt of new crueties that were afflicted on the Jewish prisoners and i think i have read too many to mention books re Holocaust!

A tragic and harrowing story, make me wonder how my own
...more
Melissa
I have read many books from this harrowing time in history. This was one of the most graphic tales I have read. It is heartbreaking what these two brothers had to suffer in order to survive. I have no idea the amount of strength required to relive their tales in order to be published.

The book is written in a prose format that is sometimes difficult to keep up with.

Thank you netgalley for the advanced copy to read. The review is mine
Melissa
This was a very brutally graphic tale of events that happened in Auschwitz, an important story to tell.
This story is told from different people’s points of views and memories and different eras of time.
However the writing style in the first half of this book was gruelling and then it seemed the second half was written with more ease.
Hayley
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing. It is all about two brothers who when the Nazis take over are separated from their family and places on their own in a concentration camp. The story from then on goes to talk about all the terrible things that the boys had to go through and how they had to lean on each other because they had no one else to lean on when they were in hell. What I liked was each chapter was told through the different brother's point of view so it gave more insight and it allowed the reader to ...more
Shirley
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tale of the suffering of two Jewish brothers
This Holocaust story is heartbreaking. It is brutal at times and hard to read. The emotions are extreme and realistic.

It was a terrible time in history and the atrocities against the Jewish people are unforgivable. Hitler caused so much pain and suffering for so many. These brothers went through so much, I am glad they found each other again. It was sad to see how the non Jewish treated them and that someone took their home.

Not only was the pain
...more
Wendy
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This starkly candid and brutally raw narrative depicts the very worst kind of hell.

Decades after the nightmare of war itself has ended, its affects on surviving family members remains painfully vivid. The echo of their voices and suffering carries through page after page, leaving me with the impression that concentration camps were liberated only yesterday.

Most of us could never even begin to imagine feeling so utterly forsaken or desperately tormented, never mind facing the complication of
...more
Mindy
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could rate this zero stars, I would.....and this rating is based purely on the way the book is written. I have read other reviews and many people rate it highly, saying it's a wonderful (though heart-breaking) story. Sadly, I couldn't get past 11%. I am not usually one to start a book and not finish it. Even if it's not good, I try to push through. This one was just so badly written however. Let's take this excerpt as an example: "One day I was sitting in the shithouse and saw one of our ...more
Meghan
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book will leave your mind blown and will have that historically significant shock factor that will be jaw dropping. I have read a lot of Holocaust books and they all are different viewpoints telling the same story but none like this. The Brothers of Auschwitz focused on the powerful bond Dov and Yitzhak had through
...more
Sara Smith
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-reads
I received a free e-arc of this book from netgalley.

I read a lot of historical fiction especially based around WWII, but I have to say that this was one of the hardest books I've ever read. Not in terms of word-level, but in terms of the graphic first-person POVs that the story contains. I read the first couple of chapters and honestly didn't want to read any more because it was so painful and horrifying to read even as a bystander in the future. I made myself go back to it because the simple
...more
Ola Adamska
This story covers a really important time in the world's history, especially my country where Nazi camp Auschwitz was base, Poland. I always try to get the most out of that kind of book an go into then with an open mind as we can never be sure what happened in all those camps during WWII.
The story of the siblings is graphic, traumatic and made me feel like a much older person while reading, and feel shame for what was going on then, as I think NOTHING like that should EVER happen.
The style of
...more
Rachel
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler is a stunning, harrowing, and heartbreaking experience. Yes, it is historical fiction, but the main characters (two brothers Dov and Yitzhak) were actually inspired by true victims (and survivors) of the Holocaust. It is even more gut wrenching to know she also drew from her own father’s experiences as well.

I cried several times as my heart went out to all the lives suffered and lost. It should have never happened. I am so grateful for Ms. Adler’s story
...more
Kelly
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2020
Wow! I almost gave up on this one because of the writing style very early on in the book. I am glad I didn’t because this was hands down the most in-depth account of what was endured both mentally and physically during the Holocaust that I have read so far.
Reading that they weren’t only starving but that their bodies would turn on them when they ate fatty foods or a smidge meat that they were not used to eating anymore. How the things that happened in those camps affected the way they lived
...more
Mitch
Nov 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
War stories really don’t interest me but I do find myself compelled to read books about how the war affected people and none were more persecuted than the Jews, I have read a few stories from the survivors of Aushwitz and I have always been appalled by the conditions and circumstances that so many went through but only a handful have survived, but they have always left me in awe of their resilience to make a life for themselves, but with this book, the Brothers from Aushwitz I found It so ...more
April (BooksWithMaps)
DNF- I love a good historical fiction; especially set during WWll but this one is not for me. The writing style and I are not getting along and I think we need to part ways. Plot wise it seems like it could be a great story, but the writing jumps all over the place and makes it difficult to follow. One thing I noticed was that there were no quotation marks used...at all...which made things confusing and discombobulated. I would have to take a second to determine if the character is thinking to ...more
Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini
I really wanted to read this book. Sadly, I could not get past 25% of the book. I am never the one to not finish a book. I usually push through even if I find parts to be excruciatingly difficult. The rating I have given is one that I never have given. It is based purely on the way the book is written. I could not read the ‘stream of conscious’ story. It goes all over the place from one moment to the next then somewhere completely different. So painfully difficult to follow. I have read other ...more
Trick Wiley
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received from Net Gallery,it's so heartbreaking of what these two brothers and sisters had to go through and others, before, during and after the war. The description and research in this story was fabulous beyond words. You feel everything that these people had to endure and if it doesn't move you then, well,I just don't know what to say! These characters they come to life for you! Not only what they went through during this horrible time but to try to heal from all this tragedy,no wonder so ...more
Doris Vandruff
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dov and Yitzhak and their sister Sarah are the only survivors of their immediate family. Dov and Yitzhak were in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp togther.
This book tells their stories. In a very real no holds barred story of things they endured. The sickness, the death, the thirst and hunger, the smell.
It also tells the story of how they felt afterwards, hiding bread when it's not necessary. Always being hungry., being afraid of trains, doctors and hospitals. How the hardships endured and survived
...more
Karen
I just finished The Brothers of Auschwitz. I have read many books on the Holocaust, and when I was a high school English teacher, I taught a unit on genocide. The Brothers of Auschwitz is mind blowing and captured all of my senses. Malka Adler made the reader feel they were participants standing along side of both brothers. I felt, tasted, heard, and saw what the brothers did. I also appreciate how Adler explored life after Auschwitz for these two brothers. An amazing book that will stick with ...more
Anne
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Where to start with this book? You know these events and atrocities really happened and this is a story of 3 siblings who survived the concentration camps they were sent to during World War 2 and were reunited after the war ended. The book was in parts a difficult and haunting read, told mainly by the two brothers Dov and Yitzhak. . The author was very descriptive about their life in the camps, the death march and how being in the camps affected them in their future lives. I felt this was in
...more
Cheryl
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a raw and emotional book. I'm still recovering from the story. This is one of the most heartbreaking novels about the Holocaust I have read. Not only does it deal with the war, but also the aftermath of the war and how the recovery process has to start.
Its a raw story of two young brothers who are prisoners at Auschwitz and you will feel every emotion that they go through while there. Its also a story about love, hope and survivial. This story captures the bonds of family and how strong
...more
Jessica Gilmore
I can't rate or even really assess a book like this. It was a difficult read - partly because it took a while to adjust to the writing style and the author's own POV interspersed throughout - but mostly becase of the subject matter. I thought I was pretty well read and aware of just what happened in the camps but nothing could prepare me for the brutality and horror detailed in this book. And nothing should. We should never be dehumanised against these stories, and right now, with populism and ...more
Polly Krize
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Poignant and moving, the two brothers, Dov and Yitzhak, endure unimaginable pain and brutality in the dark place that is Auschwitz. Their survival against all odds makes you think again about the strength and endurability that is possible in a human being, and serves as a warning against the events that lead up to the potential for savagery in government and dictators.
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Orphan Thief
  • The Child of Auschwitz
  • The Fortunate Ones
  • The Secret Messenger
  • The Whispers of War
  • A View Across the Rooftops
  • The Child On Platform One: Inspired by the extraordinary true story of the children who escaped the Holocaust
  • No Woman's Land: A Holocaust Novel (Women and the Holocaust, #2)
  • All We Left Behind
  • Child's Play
  • Mrs P’s Book of Secrets
  • Eleos
  • The Outcast Girls
  • Every Thing You Are
  • The Girls of Pearl Harbor
  • The Other Wife
  • Nine Elms (Kate Marshall, #1)
  • What Rose Forgot
See similar books…