Reads  Son Recounts His Father’s Struggle in New…

Reads: Son Recounts His Father’s Struggle in New Holocaust Memoir

Sweden has its own dark side. Snowballs hit the kitchen window as children shout “Jews!” Goran learns on the playground that a “marble Jew” is someone who cheats at the game. And his father sustains a concussion in a violent fight at the truck factory with a co-worker who insinuates that he is a good-for-nothing Jew.

Not surprisingly, post-war Germany comes off far worse. The Germans offer reparations payments to the victims of National Socialism, but shamelessly make it all but impossible to qualify. A survivor must prove he is 25 percent disabled, but David’s medical examiner — appointed by Germany — looks him up and down and declares him only 20 percent diminished.

In this haunting exploration of the Auschwitz legacy — how it crushes long after the gas chambers are shut down — Goran Rosenberg has wrought, from the second-generation perspective, a book that overwhelms.

Brimming with duty-bound love but inescapably tragic at its core, “A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz” is a tour de force fully on par with Primo Levi’s “If This Is a Man” and other literary classics of the Holocaust.