By Göran Rosenberg
This shattering memoir by means of a journalist approximately his father’s try to live on 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 lifestyles anew. Having continued the ghetto of Lodz, the dying 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 adolescence to inform the tale of his father: strolling at his part, protecting his hand, attempting to get with reference to him. it's also the tale of the chasm among the area of the kid, permeated by means of the optimism, development, and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the area of the daddy, darkened by means of the lengthy shadows of the earlier.
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When I diverge from the story of myself as General Patton in a tank disguised as a garbage truck, busily inspecting my newly won territory, and slip into a digression on Per Olof Hallman and his abandoned plan for the southern fringes, I’m five years old and will in a few months’ time be caught hopping on ice floes in the canal. I will be seduced into doing this by Tommy Hedman, who’s two years older and lives in the right-hand apartment on the ground floor and comes from Falun and has parents who eat fermented herring once a year, though my parents think it’s a bag of rotting garbage caught in the unfortunate kink near the bottom of the garbage chute.
Not the route of the railroad. Not the course of the canal. Not Havsbadet. Not the population. Not the town. It was as if chance had developed a special affection for this particular place. And as if that same chance, like a magnet, had attracted the most fortuitous of human destinies, making the fact that he got off the train at this very Place to start his life anew perhaps the least arbitrary element in the story. A place perfectly chosen for doing exactly that, in fact, or so it sometimes, much later, seemed to me: no strong ties to the past, no fixed plans for the future, no readymade scenario to step into—or be ejected from.
No street, no name, just a code. The address of yet another barrack in yet another camp? Can a letter of reply really be delivered to an address like that? How long can such an address be allowed to keep them apart? Two days later, he starts work at the truck factory. His job is to weld fuel pipes on truck chassis. He has no problem getting hired. “Conscientious and hardworking,” says the typewritten notepaper from the personnel manager at the textile factory, Alingsås Bomullsväfveri, and that’s presumably all the personnel manager at Scania-Vabis needs to know, though he’s also informed that the man in front of him has some experience in truck building.