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Survival in Auschwitz (Auschwitz Trilogy #1)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  32,263 Ratings  ·  1,148 Reviews
In 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 ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, com ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Touchstone (first published 1947)
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João Pinto Coelho
Levi ensinou-me que as histórias do Holocausto terminam sempre com perguntas. E, sim, é bárbaro escrever Poesia depois de Auschwitz; mas vejam: é possível! Costumo pegar neste excerto e dizer ao mundo o quanto gostava de ter sido eu a escrevê-lo:

“E veio a noite, e foi uma noite tal, que se sabe que olhos humanos não deveriam assistir e sobreviver. Todos sentiram isso: nenhum dos guardas, quer italianos, quer alemães, teve a coragem de vir ver que coisas fazem os homens quando sabem que vão morr
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 16, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
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
Petra Eggs
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
Sidharth Vardhan

"Only an animal worries all the time about the next meal."
- Naguib Mahfouz

The desperation of the quote arising out of the idea that poor forced to live meal-to-meal might not be able to enjoy a human life can be found in Levi's memoir too. It's title coming from the poem that begins:

"You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Jun 04, 2007 Sam rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2011 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Evripidis Gousiaris
Συγκλονιστικό και τρομαχτικό...
Απλά διαβάστε το...
Apr 16, 2013 Lilo rated it it was amazing
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:
Feb 27, 2016 Maciek rated it really liked it
"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 quickly caught and transferred to an internment camp. When the camp itself came under German control, the authorities started arranging mass deportations of captured Jews
Sep 17, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it

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
Jun 18, 2016 Χρήστος rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η πιο σεμνή και ουσιαστική καταγραφή της φρίκης του Ολοκαυτώματος. Δεν είναι τυχαίο που το βιβλίο διδάσκεται από τη δεκαετία του 60 σε σχολεία. Ούτε ύφος ούτε μυθοπλασία, μόνο η παράθεση της αλήθειας, με οξυδέρκεια, βάθος ψυχής και τρυφερότητα απέναντι στον άνθρωπο.
Feb 04, 2017 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
English review to follow
"In den Himmel schauen und dabei denken, dass ich ihn vielleicht zum letzten Mal sehe."

Sein Name ist 174 517. So wird der 24jährige Doktor der Chemie 1944 getauft. Wenn er seinen Namen nicht schnell genug sagt, gibt es Ohrfeigen und Faustschläge. Wenn er ihn bei der Essensausgabe nicht herzeigt, gibt es kein Stück Brot und keine dünne Rübensuppe. Er wird diesen Namen auf dem linken Arm bis zu seinem Freitod tragen.

Vor dem Transport nach Auschwitz-Monowitz fragt der deut
João Carlos
Jun 28, 2014 João Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 obr
Πρόκειται για μια μαρτυρία που περιγράφει με παροιμιώδη και εντυπωσιακή ψυχραιμία την εξαθλιώση του ανθρωπου που του στερουν κέθε ίχνος αξιοπρέπειας, ελευθερίας, ανεξαρτησίας. Η απαξίωση της ανθρώπινης ζωή σε όλο της το μεγαλείο.

Ο Λέβι μεταφέρεται στο Άουσβιτς το 1944 και είναι ένας απο τους ελάχιστους επιζώντες του. Ιταλοεβραϊκής καταγωγής, συλλαμβάνεται το 1943 εξαιτίας της συμμετοχής του στην αντιστασιακή οργάνωση Δικαιοσύνη και Ελευθερία. Γράφει το βίβλιο αμέσως μετά την απελευθέρωσή του, όπ
Sep 02, 2011 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2013 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, holocausto, bib-p
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
May 31, 2017 Paul rated it really liked it
Very well written. A recount of Life In Hell on Earth.
Oct 09, 2016 KamRun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
انسان نسبت به انسانهای دیگر یا همچون خدایان است یا همچون گرگ. ارسموس

خودکشی پریمو لوی -نماد مقاومت و استقامت انسانی- در اواخر دهه هشتاد بهقدری دور از انتظار بود که باعث سرخوردگی و یاس گسترده ای در دنیا شد. در آن زمان ویلیام استایرن نویسنده کتاب ظلمت آشکار: خاطرات دیوانگی با چاپ مقالاتی در تایمز، لوی را جز آندسته از افرادی قرار داد که زیر رنج عظیم افسردگی سرانجام کمر به نابودی خویش بستند و به دفاع از او و اقدامش پرداخت. من اولین بار نام پریمو لوی را در همین کتاب استایرن دیدم. مدتها از خواندن این ک
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
Aug 02, 2015 Greta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Survival in Auschwitz
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

A well-written, accessible testimony of day to day life in the Lager of Buna-Monowitz (Auschwitz), from January 1944 until its liberation on 27 January 1945.

The struggle with hunger, cold, tiredness and sickness becomes almost tangible while reading the many true stories which are absorbingly told.

The author's intelligent, insightful thoughts on the dehumanization caused by this constant struggle and humiliation of the Jewish prisoners, make this book a superior, timeless
Đông Huynh
Jul 25, 2016 Đông Huynh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Cuốn sách này, ngoài những mô tả về cuộc sống dưới mức con người ở Auschwitz, còn phơi bày một khía cạnh nhỏ cho thấy vì sao người Do Thái luôn được cho là dân tộc kinh doanh giỏi nhất, và có đầu óc sáng tạo bậc nhất. Ngay cả ở Auschwitz người ta vẫn có thể họp chợ, buôn bán và tạo ra "thị trường". :)

Ngoài ra, cuốn sách này tạo ra một bộ đôi không thể hoàn hảo hơn với "Chiến tranh không có một khuôn mặt phụ nữ". Một bên là thân phận của những người phụ nữ trong và sau chiến tranh, một bên là thâ
Maria João
Mar 26, 2017 Maria João rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8 de 10*

Campos de concentração, judeus, nazis, alemães, trabalhos forçados, arame farpado. Estas palavras serão suficientes para qualquer pessoa fazer a associação com a barbaridade que a Europa viveu no século passado. Mas nunca serão suficientes os livros, filmes ou debates sobre o tema, para que este se mantenha bem vivo na mente de quem teve a sorte de não o viver e para que não se volte a repetir!

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Quân Khuê
May 10, 2013 Quân Khuê rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
What do you say about a book such as this? Other than it’s important to read it? I’m not sure.

This is Primo Levi’s eye witness account, his version of his personal experiences being a prisoner in Auschwitz during WWII. It’s not exaggerated, it’s not put into a neat narrative, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Which may be what makes it all the more powerful. He writes in a way that’s almost analytical, each chapter covers a particular subject or theme. There’s little thought given to chro
Luís C.
It is not necessary to consume mountains of books to understand the atrocity, inhumanity, visceral cruelty of war. Only One. No need to cram definitions and issue cries to understand what an organized genocide. Only One. Needless to collect thousands of testimonials to get an idea of the trauma experienced by those who escaped the carnage in extremis of the death camps. Only One. No need to make multiple detailed diagrams to explain the process of dehumanization carefully meditated to destroy al ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Filipe Miguel
Apr 03, 2015 Filipe Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, history, memoir
A vida no Lager

Primo Levi, como escritor, nasceu num campo de concentração. Neste campo de concentração.

Mesmo em pleno direito de exacerbar o que por si só foi um expoente do drama humano, sem sucumbir ao caminho mais fácil, quiçá mais lógico, Levi narra quase de forma imparcial e em formato episódico sucessivo, a vida num Lager que nunca quis para si.

Nada mais é do que isso. Não necessita. De escrita simples contraposta à temática imensamente complexa, expõe o que de mau há no Homem sem catal
Christine Goudroupi
Ανατριχιαστικό από τις πρώτες σελίδες. Μια ωμή πραγματεία για την ουσία της ανθρωπιάς, μέσα από την ιστορία και το ρεαλισμό, μέσα από το βίωμα.

Ο Φίλιπ Ντικ έγραψε το Ηλεκτρικό Πρόβατο, όταν διάβασε τη δήλωση ενός SS που τον έκανε να σκεφτεί ότι δεν είναι όλοι οι άνθρωποι ανθρώπινοι. Αν δεν το είχε καταφέρει εκείνη η δήλωση, θα μπορούσε να το καταφέρει σίγουρα το "Εάν αυτό είναι ο άνθρωπος".
Dec 04, 2014 André rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se Isto É Um Homem, capta a realidade através do sentimento do homem, que se torna escritor, para não esquecer e para que outros não esqueçam.

Primo Levi foi um homem de cariz vulgar, preso em Auschwitz sem culpa formada que não fosse o facto de ser judeu, torna-se o herói protagonista de uma obra literária sem precedentes, dado que num relato lúcido e impressionante nos dá a conhecer o quotidiano de um dos campos de extermínio mais repulsivo e que espelha o horror e a violência do regime nazi.
Sep 23, 2015 Vanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É leviano atribuir cinco estrelas a um relato destes. As estrelas valorizam a coragem do autor, que teve a sorte de sobreviver ao Inferno que os homens tiveram a audácia de levar a cabo. Poder-se-ia dizer que é cruel mas a palavra não contém o tamanho da dimensão do que aqui é descrito.
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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 extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and his unique work, The Periodic ...more
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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.” 134 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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