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Primo Levi on human nature and surviving Auschwitz

I had never heard the name Primo Levi before reading it in an essay by Ursula K. Le Guin. She described this person as ‘a writer who never spoke anything but the truth, who lived a year in Auschwitz, and knew about injustice.’ I was intrigued, but it wasn’t until I came across his name again a short time later in something Anne Lamott said, where, again, he was described as a wise soul and speaker of truth. 1,711 more words


On Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz

Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz is a truly eye-opening piece that layers themes of physical and mental confinement, race, suffering, and perseverance. The most complex aspect of his depictions, to me, is the role of the victims in this a gray zone of the just and unjust. 1,011 more words

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Places and titles

Where I write has taken on new meaning now as I realize there has been no real pattern, perhaps indicative of the way I’ve lived my life, a bit rootless but wanting roots. 632 more words

Si c'est un homme - Primo Levi

Salut à tous Aujourd’hui je viens vers vous pour vous donner mon avis sur un livre important : Si c’est un homme de Primo Levi. 572 more words


Paying tribute to Primo Levi

As the world is under shock after the discovery of Assad’s gas ovens, and as petitions are launched  by activists, we must enlighten that Assad commits  this genocide (this of his own people) in front of the whole world. 406 more words


"Here there is no why": on re-reading Primo Levi

Desperate times call for great books.

Primo Levi, a Jewish prisoner arriving at Auschwitz, is thirsty. He reaches to break off an icicle with which to sate his thirst and a guard snatches it away. 361 more words

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War and Human Rights: Inertia and the Holocaust

This idea of inertia was particularly fitting for this week’s prompt because this week seems to be intended as a feeling of inertia. I think it is a proper way to address the violations of human rights by anthropologists in the 3rd Reich, but also the lack of a response of the United States for years in both Rwanda and Bosnia. 714 more words