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Survival in Auschwitz is a mostly straightforward narrative, beginning with Primo Levi's deportation from Turin, Italy, to the concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland in 1943. Levi, then a 25-year-old chemist, spent 10 months in the camp. Even Levi's most graphic descriptions of the horrors he witnessed and endured there are marked by a restraint and wit that not only gives readers access to his experience, but confronts them with it in stark ethical and emotional terms: "[A]t dawn the barbed wire was full of children's washing hung out in the wind to dry. Nor did they forget the diapers, the toys, the cushions and the hundred other small things which mothers remember and which children always need. Would you not do the same? If you and your child were going to be killed tomorrow, would you not give him something to eat today?" --Michael Joseph Gross
Italo Calvino One of the most important and gifted writers of our time.
David Caute, New Statesman Survival in Auschwitz is a stark prose poem on the deepest sufferings of man told without self-pity, but with a muted passion and intensity, an occasional cry of anguish, which makes it one of the most remarkable documents I have ever read.
Meredith Tax, The Village Voice More than anything else I've read or seen, Levi's books helped me not only to grasp the reality of genocide but to figure out what it means for people like me who grew up sheltered from the storm.
The Times Literary Supplement (London) Survival in Auschwitz has the inevitability of the true work of art.
Heart breaking, gut wrenching, and beautifully written account of his terrible time of imprisonment in WWII. A story of survival against horrific odds.Published 18 days ago by MD Eades
Take care! Amazon folds reviews of different editions together! This one, the one I bought has the poem and preface and new afterword. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leo Rivers
Powerful classic about life in Auschwitz. No words to express the power in this memoir. Highly recommend for for reading and thinking.Published 2 months ago by Maureen
"For human nature is such that grief and pain - even simultaneously suffered - do not add up as a whole in our consciousness, but hide, the lesser behind the greater, according... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ace1339
This book not only stirs your mind but your soul. A beautifully written account of a tragic time.Published 2 months ago by natasha