By De Benedetti, Leonardo; Levi, Primo; Gordon, Robert Samuel Clive

"While looking ahead to go back domestic in a Russian-administered conserving camp in Katowice, Poland, in 1945, Primo Levi, together with his pal, the physician Leonardo De Benedetti, used to be requested to supply a document on residing stipulations in Auschwitz for the Russian specialists. released the subsequent yr, it used to be then forgotten and has earlier remained unknown to a much broader public. the following, it's released for the 1st time in the Read more...

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We felt the weight of centuries on our shoulders … (The Truce) Levi, the younger man, scarred by his experiences and prone to phases of depression, nevertheless seems to have reintegrated more quickly and more successfully than his older companion. He started working in a paint factory outside the city, met his future wife and, all the while, was telling stories, writing poems and fragments of prose. Over the course of 1946, these would come together as his first book – and, we now know, one of the very greatest works of Holocaust testimony – If This is a Man.

The first group was taken to Monowitz, where there was a concentration camp administratively dependent on Auschwitz, and about 8 kilometres away from it, which had been set up towards the middle of 1942 in order to provide labour for the construction of the ‘Buna-Werke’ industrial complex, a subsidiary of IG Farbenindustrie. It housed ten to twelve thousand prisoners, even though its normal capacity was only seven to eight thousand men. The majority of these were Jews of every nationality in Europe, while a small minority was made up of German and Polish criminals, Polish ‘politicals’, and ‘saboteurs’.

These and many other points of extraordinary detail aside, however, the larger significance of Auschwitz Report is threefold. First – and doubtless the reason most readers will pick up this book – there is simply the name of one of its authors. Auschwitz Report was Primo Levi’s very first published piece of writing of any kind. In other words, one of the great voices of twentieth-century literature and testimony begins here. Such a ‘first’ would be extraordinary enough in and of itself, but the report also has more nuanced value for our understanding of Levi’s work.

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