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By Göran Rosenberg

This shattering memoir via 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 persevered the ghetto of Lodz, the demise camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the slave camps and transports through 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 aspect, protecting his hand, attempting to get just about him. it's also the tale of the chasm among the realm of the kid, permeated by way of the optimism, development, and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the area of the daddy, darkened by way of the lengthy shadows of the prior.

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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. Oh, that “much later”! How insidiously it creeps in, that all-narrowing perspective of hindsight wisdom and rationalization.

A four-leafed clover is an early sign of luck, a double four-leafed clover an early mystery. Gradually the games grow bolder and more absorbing and go on later and later into the afternoon and can’t be immediately interrupted just because somebody opens the kitchen window and shouts that it’s time to come home: Chodź do domu, calls the voice from my kitchen window. The person calling is the young woman who’s now my mother, and she’s calling in the first language I learn and the first language I forget.

The paths so thick with layers of pine needles, the huts, the warm trunks of the pines in the clearing. They pick lots of bilberries this summer.

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