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Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
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Jun 20, 11

bookshelves: library, nonfiction, 8-star
Read from June 18 to 19, 2011

This book has also appeared under the title If This is a Man, a more literal translation of the original Italian and a more apt title in my opinion.

Primo Levi, an Italian Jew, was 24 when he was sent to Auschwitz in 1944. He credits luck for his survival. A trained chemist, he was eventually reassigned from gruelling manual labour to work in a laboratroy. When the Germans evacuated the camp he was fortunate to be ill and therefore left behind until the Russians came. His account gives a detailed portrait of day-to-day life in a concentration camp and the struggle for survival. What I think is particularly valuable about his memoir are his observations of the changes in men under these circumstances, their behaviour, their morals.
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