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Se uesto è un uomoThe author and Philip RothIn 1943 Primo Levi a twenty five year old chemist and “Italian citizen of Jewish race” was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz Survival in Auschwitz is Levi’s classic account of his t Here there is no why Primo Levi was an Italian Jew who came to live in very troubled times Born and raised in Turin he was subjected to the fascist racial laws which discriminated against Jews and made finding employment very difficult; after the German occupation of Italy began he joined the resistance movement but was uickly caught and transferred to an internment camp When the camp itself came under German control the authorities started arranging mass deportations of captured Jews to labor and death camps in the occupied east Travelling in a cattle truck through cold and misery Levi arrived at Auschwitz in February 1944 He was 25 years old and would be one of the twenty Jews who remained alive from his transport of 650 people when the Red Army liberates the camp in January 1945 Survival in Auschwitz is the record of Levi's time at the camp in his own words It's worth noting that this is the title specifically picked for the American release; I much prefer the original Italian and English translation If This Is a Man which conveys the tone and theme of the book much much better Survival in Auschwitz sounds almost like asurvival manual a set of precepts that one should follow if one finds him or herself at such a place If This Is a Man is taken from a poem by Levi which opens the book and in which he asks his readers sitting contendly in their warm safe heated houses to remember and think about what happened never forget about it and pass this knowledge on to future generations Consider if this is a manWho works in the mudWho does not know peaceWho fights for a scrap of breadWho dies because of a yes or a noConsider if this is a womanWithout hair and without nameWith no strength to rememberHer eyes empty and her womb coldLike a frog in winterLevi's memoir is a chronicle of life inside a concentration camp a world within a world; news from the outside world perpetrate the barbed wire very rarely and only at the end of the book in the form of sound of distant artillery which signify the slowly advancing Russians and the growing panic among camp officials Despite growing increasingly deformed sualid and haggard and their numbers thinning with every day the camp had a cleaer hierarchical structure which had to be followed; and where there was no official hierarchy a non official one was uickly invented When we think about concentration camps we mostly remember their last and most gruesome part the gas chambers and the crematorium As important as they are they are just a part of a larger whole we often forget that people not only died in these camps but also lived Levi's memoir is a chronicle of life inside a concentration camp which in his own word is eual to reaching the bottom with no other condition possibly being miserable a total demolition of what makes a man the removal of one's personal dignity and reducing people to a seuence of numbers taking away all that they own even their hair being forced to exist in conditions which make existence impossible and reduced to purely biological beings who struggle only to remain alive Despite all this incredibly living is possible even in a place where it couldn't be and because of the smallest things even a non windy day can make a world of difference for a prisoner and give him the impression of good fortune because a windy and rainy day is so much worse than ordinary rain Prisoners steal from each other as is the custom but also interact and barter with one another and sometimes even form what in another world would be a friendship The experience of reading this book is very intense as Levi does not make excuses for either himself or his fellow prisoners and their behavior; he is not sentimental and self pitying and hides nothing The memoir was first published in 1947 just two years after Auschwitz was liberated; his memory is still very fresh and the images and events of Auschwitz are ingrained in his mind like the number on his forearm Because of this If This is a Man Levi's testament of the Holocaust is very immediate and reads as if the events described in it happened just yesterday and with this immediacy is its power resulting in one of the most powerful passages in all of literature Now everyone is busy scraping the bottom of his bowl with his spoon so as not to waste the last drops of the soup; a confused metallic clatter signifying the end of the day Silence slowly prevails and then from my bunk on the top row I see and hear old Kuhn praying aloud with his beret on his head swaying backwards and forwards violently Kuhn is thanking God because he has not been chosenKuhn is out of his senses Does he not see Beppo the Greek in the bunk next to him Beppo who is twenty years old and is going to the gas chamber the day after tomorrow and knows it and lies there looking fixedly at the light without saying anything and without eve'n thinking any ? Can Kuhn fail to realize that next time it will be his turn? Does Kuhn not understand that what has happened today is an abomination which no propitiatory prayer no pardon no expiation by the guilty which nothing at all in the power of man can ever clean again? If I was God I would spit at Kuhn's prayer

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mobi Ü Se uesto è un uomo ✓ 187 pages Download È moneyexpresscard ´ The true and harrowing account of Primo Levi’s experience at the German concentration camp of Auschwitz and his miraculous survival; hailed by The Times Literary Supplement as a “true work of art this edition includesEn months in the German death camp a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance Remarkable for its simplicity restraint compassion and even wit Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting testament to the indestructibility of the human spir This book is perhaps easier to read than one might imaginePrimo Levi aged 25 was attached to a resistance group in Italy He had recently graduated from Turin University as a chemist and he was JewishHe was captured by German forces in 1944 and deported And from then on followed a year of hell in AuschwitzLevi writes beautifully but with a cool voice so the reader is able to stand slightly back from the horrendous experiences that he describes Not everyone is the same in the camp Not only are there differences between prisoners the groups include Jews and criminals and people given political status but there are differences between the men in each of these groups “In history and in life one sometimes seems to glimpse a ferocious law which states “to he that has will be given; to he that has not will be taken away” In the Lager camp where man is alone and where the struggle for life is reduced to its primordial mechanism this unjust law is openly in force is recognized by all With the adaptable the strong and astute individuals even the leaders willingly keep contacts sometimes even friendly contact because they hope later to perhaps derive some benefit But with the Muselmänner the men in decay it is not even worth speakingone knows that they are only here on a visit that in a few weeks nothing will remain of them but a handful of ashes in some near by field”Levi’s story is one of survival of the fittest; not only those able to do the work physically reuired of them but those who are intelligent tenacious and cunning who are able to think and act constructively even when they are starving and everything around them is a gruelling treadmill of overwork and petty rules of cold and lack of sleep of wheeling and dealing to get an extra mouthful of bread He even talks of rare friendship and cooperation especially towards the end of the book when he was moved to the sick block with scarlet fever Others there are very ill with conditions like typhus and diphtheria The Russians advance and the Germans desert the camp Somehow some of these sick prisoners using every ounce of initiative and determination that they have left hang on to life until the Russians arriveOf the ninety four men who were deported to Auschwitz from Levi's resistance group only twenty one survived

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The true and harrowing account of Primo Levi’s experience at the German concentration camp of Auschwitz and his miraculous survival; hailed by The Times Literary Supplement as a “true work of art this edition includes an exclusive conversation between This book is said to be one of the most important books ever written about Holocaust What I am referring here are not the history books but the first hand experiences written and narrated by the people who were there when the Holocaust happened Since I read a handful of these I can't disagree I even think that in some aspects this could be the MOST important of them allYou see Anne Frank wrote her diary at 13 while hiding in her house with her family so she was not able to include her harrowing experience in the concentration camp where she died The writing was innocent poignant and endearing but did not contain much Victor Klemperer wrote his 3 volume diary but a good bulk of it was his experience trying to elude the authorities as he had an Aryan wife so although he was asked to live in a ghetto he did not experience being in a concentration camp Imre Kertesz wrote his uasi autobiographical novel telling the concentration camp experience of a 15 yo boy Gyorgy George in Auschwitz but he disavowed the strong biographical connection of the book to his life even if he was 14 when he was sent with his family to the camp Last year I was teary eyed when I finished reading Elie Wiesel's since it was too emotional and the writing was haunting However Elie Wiesel was 16 during the Holocaust so he wrote from the perspective of a teenager What I mean is that given that the tragedy was all sad and harrowing we already knew the perspective of a child or a teenager from Anne Frank Kertesz and Wiesel so I thought I also would like to have the perspective of a grown up survivor This now is what Victor Frankl in his clinical book and Primo Levi in this book provideIn their books Victor Frankl and Primo Levi recounted WHAT THEY DID TO SURVIVE I thought that this could have only been possible to come from thinking adults who are expected to be less emotional and rational than most teenagersVictor Frankl says that to survive one has to hold on to the image of yourself stepping out of the camp and going back to your life prior to the concentration camp Everyday you think of yourself going back to your home job loved ones hobby etc These happy images are so powerful they will give you reason to hope and livePrimo Levi is comprehensive and to the point He says three 1 organization; 2 pity and 3 theft Levi survived using #1 as he was a summa cum laude chemistry graduate from Turin so he got lucky to be asked to work in the laboratory making synthetic rubber inside Auschwitz But in this book he gave examples of the prisoners who thrived using the other two or combinations or all the threeThat's the reason why I said that this could indeed be the MOST important book written about the Holocaust If it happens again God forbid you have the tips on how to survive Those tips come from first hand experiences of people who experienced them I mean well it is nice to cry and be sad after reading a book but it better to have something like a survival handbook too