By Göran Rosenberg
This shattering memoir by means of a journalist approximately his father’s try and continue to exist the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small commercial city in Sweden gained the celebrated August Prize
On August 2, 1947 a tender guy will get off a educate in a small Swedish city to start his existence anew. Having continued the ghetto of Lodz, the demise camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the slave camps and transports in the course of the ultimate months of Nazi Germany, his ultimate problem is to outlive the survival.
In this clever and deeply relocating booklet, Göran Rosenberg returns to his personal formative years to inform the tale of his father: strolling at his facet, keeping his hand, attempting to get with reference to him. it's also the tale of the chasm among the realm of the kid, permeated via the optimism, growth, and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the area of the daddy, darkened by way of the lengthy shadows of the earlier.
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4. World War, 1939–1945 — Concentration camps — Poland — Biography. 5. World War, 1939–1945 — Concentration camps — Germany — Biography. 6. Auschwitz (Concentration camp) I. Death, Sarah, translator. II. Title. 1 Contents Cover Title Page Copyright The Place The Wall The Carousel The Road The Stop The Project The Shadows Much Later: An Afterword THE PLACE For a long time I imagined him coming over the Bridge, since the Bridge is the gateway to the Place, and the key to it as well, but of course he can’t have come over the Bridge because he must have arrived from the south.
And I think that’s why he notes with interest and commits to memory the brand-new rows of attractive three-story apartment blocks along the newly built road, lined with rowan trees, that runs through the new housing area just below the train station. I think that’s also why he immediately wants to know what kind of town this is and what sort of people live here and what the working conditions are like in the big factory where he hopes to get a job and what opportunities there might be for a woman not quite twenty-two years old with no vocational training and only the briefest exposure to the language they speak here, briefer than his own.
The rails screech. The coin vibrates. I imagine myself in the place of the two-öre piece. A shiny disk of yellow metal larger than a five-öre piece is lying thinly flattened against the rail. It’s burning hot in my hand. The image: Anders and I on the pavement outside our house. I test out a word I’ve heard someone say, maybe Tommy. “If you say that word again, you can’t come to God’s party in Heaven,” says Anders. I ask who God is. And where Heaven is. And who’s allowed to come to God’s party.
A Brief Stop On the Road From Auschwitz by Göran Rosenberg