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Passionate & instructive insight into the Holocaust,
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This review is from: Survival In Auschwitz (Paperback)In a more perfect life, this book should be science fiction. Primo Levi deposits us in a world where the typical convivality that makes human society bearable has been eliminated and replaced by a horrible premise: humans may only live if they can do work useful to the state. "Survival in Auschwitz" plays the theme out. Those who are unable to work are immediately killed, using the most efficient means possible. Those who survive must find ways to maintain the illusion of usefulness with the least possible exertion. Instead of brotherhood, there is commerce, a black market where a stolen bar of soap is traded for a loaf of bread; the soap allows the owner to maintain a more healthy appearance while the bread feeds its owner for another day. We see property in its most base form. A spoon, a bowl, a few trinkets cleverly used, that is all a person can hold at a time. It's instructive to read this book as an insight into homelessness. What kind of place is this where we create humiliated zombies, shuffling behind their carts containing all their worldly possessions? How long can we let the State fight against the innate emotion that tells us that no-one should go hungry while we eat and no-one should be homeless while we have shelter?
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2010 6:28:35 AM PST
Amber Baker says:
I think you're missing the point of this book & I find it offensive that you are putting homelessness on par with being interred in a death camp during the Nazi regime.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 10:36:50 AM PDT
I don't think you understand the problem homelessness brings to an individual. Also who are you to decide what another reader takes away from a book. I believe everyone has a right on Amazon to review a product and share their learning experience from that product.
I find it offensive that you don't have an open mind and share that fact with millions of people.
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