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Ist das ein Mensch? (Auschwitz Trilogy #1)

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Dieser Band beschreibt das Jahr, das Primo Levi in Auschwitz verbracht hat: vom Februar 1944 bis zum Januar 1945.

»Nicht um neue Anschuldigungen vorzubringen, habe ich dieses Buch geschrieben«, sagt Levi, »sondern als Dokument für das Studium einiger zentraler Aspekte des menschlichen Seelenlebens.« Die zentrale Frage freilich, die Titelfrage, wird von Levi auf zweifach Wei
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Paperback, 207 pages
Published August 1st 1956 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. (first published 1947)
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K.D. Absolutely
May 29, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
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 all.

You see, Anne Frank wrote her diary The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank at 13 while hiding in her house with her family so she was not able to include her
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Petra X smokin' hot
It's hard to say anything about this magnificent book that hasn't been said many times before, so I won't even try but just write a note on why I have an abiding sadness when I think of the author.

Primo Levi lived all his life in the house of his birth in Turin, Italy apart from when he was in the concentration camp. Luckily he lived, just, through that awful, murderous year, and to all intents and purposes resumed the life of a chemist and author that the Nazis interrupted. He wrote The Periodi
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Sam
Jun 04, 2007 Sam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every person alive.
I will try not to overstate my feelings on this book.

I believe this is one of (if not THE) most important book ever written. Everyone should read this book. It details Levi's journey from his home in Turin to Buchenwald. It is absolutely beautifully written. Levi's style of writing is unlike any other I've read. It is detailed, incredibly intelligent, moving, poignant, and in some way almost detached from his experience, which makes reading about it all the more moving and painful. To hear him
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Caroline


This book is perhaps easier to read than one might imagine.

Primo Levi, aged 25, was attached to a resistance group in Italy. He had recently graduated from Turin University as a chemist, and he was Jewish.

He was captured by German forces in 1944, and deported …. And from then on followed a year of hell in Auschwitz.

Levi 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. N
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Teresa
27 de Janeiro de 1945: Libertação do campo de concentração de Auschwitz-Birkenau pelas tropas soviéticas.
Hoje, 27 de Janeiro de 2015, faz 70 anos que Primo Levi saiu, fisicamente, vivo de Monowitz-Auschwitz, um campo nazi de trabalho e morte.
Posteriormente - para dar conhecimento ao mundo e para sua própria libertação interior - escreve Se Isto é um Homem. De uma forma contida, relata os acontecimentos de que foi protagonista desde Dezembro de 1943 - data em foi detido - e fala de alguns prisio
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Marco Tamborrino
È uomo chi uccide, è uomo chi fa o subisce ingiustizia; non è uomo chi, perso ogni ritegno, divide il letto con un cadavere. Chi ha atteso che il suo vicino finisse di morire per togliergli un quarto di pane, è, pur senza sua colpa, più lontano dal modello dell'uomo pensante, che il più rozzo pigmeo e il sadico più atroce.

Molti hanno scritto su questo libro, molto è stato scritto in generale sul genocidio degli ebrei. Non è mia intenzione scrivere un sermone a difesa degli ebrei, perché lo sappi
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Miguel
Uma floresta de bétulas foi desmatada para que Auschwitz, a icónica rede de campos de concentração circunscrita no sul da Polónia, fosse construída.
A perfeição da Natureza é assolada para dar lugar a um antro de extermínio e de desumanização...

Sem qualquer amplificação retórica, não obstante se sinta que algumas passagens são sublimadas, Primo Levi limita-se a narrar os factos consumados. Não significa isto que em causa está um relato impessoal e desvinculado de emoção. Se Isto é Um Homem é
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Carmo Santos
Primo Levi, químico italiano foi capturado pelos nazis e enviado para Auschwitz. Era judeu.
Teve a sorte de ir escapando aos fornos crematórios e sobreviver até à chegada do exército russo e consequente fuga dos alemães.
Pegando no título do livro Se Isto é Um Homem, e considerando o homem como um ser pensante que se rege por valores morais que prezam a dignidade e o respeito pelo próximo, que homens eram estes dos campos de concentração?
Que homens eram os carrascos nazis, o que lhes motivou tant
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Kelsey
First off, I must point out that I think it is very difficult to rate someone's personal and emotional account of an event in their life, and even more so when it was a tragedy like the holocaust. That being said, I of course rated the novel five stars, because it is not only a completely true account but it was also written brilliantly. I had the chance before I read this book to read "Man's Search for Meaning", which is another book about the experiences of a survivor of a concentration camp, ...more
Lilo
May 01, 2014 Lilo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every decent person on this planet who can read
There have been so many reviews written on Primo Levi’s “Survival in Auschwitz” that I have very little to add. It has been said many a time that “Survival in Auschwitz” (original title “If This is a Man”) IS THE BEST OF ALL HOLOCAUST MEMOIRS, and it may very well be. Primo Levi not only tells about his horrific experience, he also adds psychological and philosophical reflections, which make this Holocaust memoir unique.

I would like to endorse the following review:

https://www.goodreads.com/revi
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Alessia
Io non lo so come si commenta un libro così. Non lo so se ci si può permettere di parlare, di articolare parola e pensiero senza che la vergogna per ciò che è stato non tagli la voce e il filo dei pensieri. Io non lo so come si restituisce la dignità a certe anime offese, né tantomeno so come si può comprendere tutto questo. Penso che comprendere non sia umano. Però mi commuove l’immagine di un signore distinto, con una bella barba bianca, che se ne sta seduto a un tavolino, con l’orrore negli o ...more
Quân Khuê
Khi người ta hai mươi bốn tuổi, hãy còn “ít hiểu biết, không kinh nghiệm và dứt khoát muốn sống trong một thế giới siêu thực của mình”, mà bị bắt rồi đưa vào trại tập trung Auschwitz - nơi sau này sẽ được ghi nhận như một trong những nơi chốn khủng khiếp nhất trong lịch sử loài người - người ta sẽ khó lòng gọi đó là một chuyện may mắn. Có lẽ chỉ khi là một trong số rất ít ỏi người sống sót sau Auschwitz (theo nhiều số liệu thì chỉ khoảng 2% tù nhân Auschwitz là còn sống khi trại được giải phóng) ...more
Stela
“Oggi io penso che, se non altro per il fatto che un Auschwitz è esistito, nessuno dovrebbe ai nostri giorni parlare di Providenza…”

Guardi qualche foto per cui non riesci proprio a trovare l’epiteto adatto: la mano scheletrica di un bambino africano affamato; la caduta verso la morte di una vittima dell’attentato sulle torri gemelle di New York; un uccello soffocato in un sacchetto di plastica su una spiaggia; la parete coperta di graffiature di una camera a gas ad Auschwitz. E ti dici: se ques
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AC
A disturbng and important book. Levi's distinction between the drowned and the saved in ch. 9 is especially interesting. The writing is a bit formal and the translation also is slghtly stuff. And, of course, we have all read s omuch of this now (and seen so much of it -- in other places...in this horrid century) that its force (pub. in 1958) is somewhat attenuate. Yet Levi's ntelligence is such that the book retains a permanent value.
Ryan
Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz is a memoir about Levi's:
good fortune to be deported to Auschwitz only in 1944, that is, after the German Government had decided, owing to the growing scarcity of labour, to lengthen the average lifespan of the prisoners destined for elimination; it conceded noticeable improvements in the camp routine and temporarily suspended killings at the whim of individuals.
Levi refuses to offer his readers a sugarcoating of what life in a concentration camp was like.

Con
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Zulfiya
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi is one of the must-read books. This necessity does not arise from its amazing plot, excellent multidimensional characters, intriguing twists, and etc. This reading necessity can be compared to a polio vaccine. It is something that must be done. In the hectic life of the twenty first century and brain-numbing historical ignorance, the biggest cultural and moral disease the humanity ever experienced – The Holocaust- seems to be sidelined in the modern world. Yes ...more
Agnes Mack
This was one of the most difficult books I've ever read. Not in it's word usage or general prose style, but reading about this man's experience in Auschwitz and knowing that it was real . . . I had a really hard time getting through it.

This was the story of Primo Levi, a man who lived in Auschwitz and managed to survive. As I was reading this, I kept thinking about how strange the human's want to survive is. If I were in his position, I am not sure that I would continue fighting. I'm not sure I
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Melissa Rudder
Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz tells Levi’s true story of his experience in Auschwitz from December of 1943 until its “liberation.” I apologize, but having read Elie Wiesel’s Night a week ago, I’m compelled to look at Levi’s work in comparison to Wiesel’s, though hopefully without discrediting either.

Compared with Wiesel’s very emotional, introspective memoir, Levi’s story seems to be a much more intellectual examination of life in a concentration camp. Levi’s book almost reads more like a h
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Inês
"Ninguém deve sair daqui, pois poderia levar para o mundo, juntamente com a marca gravada na carne, a terrível notícia do que, em Auschwitz, o homem teve coragem de fazer ao homem."

Nenhum livro, filme, música, ou outro qualquer formato de expressão poderá algum dia descrever exactamente o que se passou naqueles campos. Por mais que os relatos sejam minuciosos, há coisas que nem o mais corajoso e sincero dos homens é capaz de admitir que sentiu. A humilhação total, a perda de identidade, o compor
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teresa


Impressionante e realista são as palavras que me lembro assim que penso neste livro. Todos deveriam lê-lo... O autor conta-nos tudo o que o marcou especialmente, quando esteve no campo polaco durante cerca de um ano. Fala-nos muito em particular das relações entre os presos das mais variadas nacionalidades, personalidades, sensibilidades, etc, e como cada um lida com a mais crua realidade que é a escravidão e a consequente perda da dignidade humana, passando inclusivé pela muito dura provação qu
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João Carlos
Impressionante e verdadeiramente aterrador...

Primo Levi, nasceu em Turim, Itália, em 1919, judeu e engenheiro químico - sobrevivente ao Holocausto nazi, perpetrado pelo Partido Nazista Alemão, liderado por Adolf Hitler, num genocídio selectivo de cerca de seis milhões de judeus, durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial – torna-se escritor, iniciando uma ampla produção literária de diversos livros de memórias/ensaios, contos, poemas e romances, sendo que “Se Isto É Um Homem” é a sua primeira obra editada
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Dhanaraj Rajan
I would also like to say along with many others that it is one of the important books specially relating to Auschwitz.
The life in the infamous concentration camp is narrated by who is counted among the few luckiest ones to survive the camp-life. Primo Levi was there for a year. But then his observations and narrations are very clear and vivid that the reader can imagine the hard life within the barbed wires. It is not an elaborate book. It is a straight forward book with just 180 pages. But then
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David Withun
In his book Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi uses the phrase “the demolition of man” to refer to the process by which the Nazis attempted to, and largely succeeded in, stripping the inmates of the concentration camps of their humanity.1 This powerful phrase accurately summarizes the process of dehumanization concocted by the Nazi concentration camp authorities; theirs was a process of demolition that began immediately upon arrival in the camp and ended, for approximately 6 million Jews and an a ...more
Ana
Da experiência em Auschwitz, nasceu "o escritor que neste livro relata, sem nunca ceder à tentação do melodrama (...), a luta pela sobrevivência num meio em que um homem já nada conta".
"Vós que viveis tranquilos
Nas vossas casas aquecidas,
Vós que encontrais regressando à noite
Comida quente e rostos amigos:
Considerai se isto é um homem
Quem trabalha na lama
Quem não conhece a paz
Quem luta por meio pão
Quem morre por um sim ou por um não.
Considerai se isto é uma mulher,
Sem cabelo e sem nome
Sem mais fo
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Aaron Wolfson
This is the third Shoah work I've read this year by a survivor. At some point one runs out of things to say about them. But there's something about Levi's that gets to the heart of the matter more than the other classics I've read (Wiesel, Borowski).

Levi doesn't really focus on the horrors of the camp, so much as he narrates what it's like to live there day to day. How hunger becomes like an ever-present friend. The simultaneously infatuating and torturous nights of rest, awaiting with dread the
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Micah Smurthwaite
Written by a 24 yr old phd Chemist from Italy. In Italian it was originally titled "If this is a man?" The title was changed by the publishers in the US version for marketing purposes. But throughout the book he tells his personal account of dehumanization in the camps and throughout the story one should be asking themselves "Is this a man? Is this a human being that thinks, acts, speaks, and is treated like this?" Levi also composed volumes of poetry and I think he is more articulate than Wiese ...more
Hanneke
Zeer indrukwekkend boek. Primo Levi heeft dit boek geschreven tussen december 1945 en januari 1947, dus begon met zijn verslag nog geen tien maanden nadat hij de hel van het concentratiekamp had verlaten. Dat vind ik een bijna bovenmenselijke prestatie, vooral ook omdat het zo prachtig geschreven is. Ik bewonder hem zeer dat hij zijn ervaringen zonder rancune en woede heeft beschreven. Hij voelde dat, wat hij te vertellen had, niet alleen de beschrijving van zijn ervaring was en dat hij sprak na ...more
Will
a compelling though very difficult book to read, and to comment on; in fact all comment seems superfluous.

Primo Levi’s writing is always so precise, yet so moving. This is an utterly bleak but realistic report of what is was like to live through more than a year in Auschwitz. The title is wrong, of course – it is not at all about how to survive (which sounds altogether too deliberate and upbeat). The original title “if this is a man ...” was far more accurate, as Levi documents how fast one’s h
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Sylvia
A must read for all those people who still doubt the horror of the labor camps during World War II. The author has lived (better survived) one way or the other in Auschwitz where he has done forced labor in the last year of the war. He compared the way he had to live as what Dante described in The Hell in La Divina Comedia.

If we don't want future generation to forget or play down the horror of the nazi regime we should put this book on every reading list for every student anywhere in the world.
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Inês Beato
Uma obra tremendamente triste, escrita de forma brilhantemente bela. Primo Levi era um jovem químico Italiano. Judeu. Foi capturado pelos alemães e encarcerado no campo de concentração de Awschwitz, na Polónia.
Durante a II Guerra Mundial, Hitler exterminou mais de 6 milhões de pessoas naqueles Campos. Poucos sobreviveram, incluindo Levi. Mas eram Homens aqueles que foram encontrados pelas forças aliadas? Eram Homens aqueles que foram despidos de todos os valores, de toda a liberdade de escolha,
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Primo Michele Levi (Italian: [ˈpriːmo ˈlɛːvi]; 31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was an Italian chemist and writer. He was the author of several books, novels, collections of short stories, essays, and poems. His best-known works include If This Is a Man (1947), his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and his unique work, The Periodic ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Auschwitz Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Reawakening
  • The Drowned and the Saved
  • Moments of Reprieve (Penguin Modern Classics)
If This Is a Man / The Truce The Periodic Table The Drowned and the Saved If Not Now, When? The Reawakening

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“Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing the realization of both these extreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite.” 79 likes
“You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find warm food
And friendly faces when you return home.
Consider if this is a man
Who works in mud,
Who knows no peace,
Who fights for a crust of bread,
Who dies by a yes or no.
Consider if this is a woman
Without hair, without name,
Without the strength to remember,
Empty are her eyes, cold her womb,
Like a frog in winter.
Never forget that this has happened.
Remember these words.
Engrave them in your hearts,
When at home or in the street,
When lying down, when getting up.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your houses be destroyed,
May illness strike you down,
May your offspring turn their faces from you.”
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