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Life is a Sandwich

Or at least, it should be. Not the upside-down open sandwich of thick Cheddar cheese that it is today, but a Scooby-Doo layered sandwich with lots of different fillings between many slices of bread. 630 more words

Life In France

Flight and Fancy

Amazement on public transportation: as I was reading Primo Levi’s The Mirror Maker on the train this evening, “The Man Who Flies,” a 1986 essay on space travel and weightlessness more generally, had me experiencing the wonderfully weird sensation of reliving episodes occurring only in dreams: those involving some manner of transcending, to a degree, at least, the limitations of gravity and/or a body not constructed with the aim of engaging in self-propelled flight. 342 more words


#174517- If this is a Man?

At the nursing home in Munich Aliza Kohn was attended by a new young helper Irmgard Schultz. Slowly Aliza was guided to her weekly shower and Irmgaard was attracted to the blue tattoo number on her arm.

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Primo Levi — Surviving Auschwitz

The Italian Jewish chemist and author, Primo Levi , was a notable survivor of Auschwitz whose powerful writing was second to none when it came to describing his experiences.

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20th Century

No copper-bottomed matter

At first, it was its elegance that drew my attention: from a bucket, hovering above the floor and held in place by three thin metal rods, a shiny copper plate is gushing out upwards, as though the solid metal were magically flowing like a fluid; then, after gently bending in an arched shape, the ginger, lively metal dives into a second vessel on the floor, disappearing. 946 more words

Posts In English

Survival in Auschwitz, by Primo Levi

Survival in Auschwitz is the first person account of concentration camp inmate Primo Levi from Italy.

Levi was there at a time when the camp—or at least the portion he was in—functioned more as a slave labor camp than an extermination camp. 1,138 more words


Not Praying in Auschwitz

“Like Amery, I too entered the lager as a nonbeliever, and as a nonbeliever I was liberated and have lived to this day. Actually, the experience in the lager with its frightful iniquity confirmed me in my non-belief. 342 more words