On the 2nd of August 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having survived the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the harrowing slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. In this intelligent and deeply moving book, Goran Rosenberg returns to his own childhood in order to tell the story of his father, walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him again. It is also the story of the chasm that soon opens between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past. Melancholy, wise and beautiful, A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz is a measured examination of the past and a loving portrait of a father.