DROWNED AND THE SAVED


DROWNED AND THE SAVED

PRIMO LEVI    Book Number: 91006    Product format: Paperback

A meditation on the meaning of the Nazi exterminations after the passing of 40 years, Levi deals with how memories of the Holocaust have been filtered and rearranged by both the oppressor and the victims. A survivor of Auschwitz, the towering intellectual Primo Levi tells his story with dignity in this important series of essays 'The negators truth' mankind's constant enemy and he offers us a salutary reminder of the importance of truth. '...I experienced the temptation to yield, to seek refuge in prayer. This happened in the October of 1944, in the one moment in which I lucidly perceived the imminence of death: when, naked and compressed among my naked companions with my personal index in hand, I was waiting to file past the 'commission' that with one glance would decide whether I would immediately go into the gas chamber or was instead strong enough to go on working.' SS militiamen cynically enjoyed admonishing the prisoners that no one would be left to bear witness and that 'we will be the ones to dictate the history of the Lagers.' Levi could not forgive or forget the Germans and refused to indulge in what he called 'the bestial vice of hatred'. The voice of this reasonable man warns and reminds us that the unimaginable can happen again and that a would-be tyrant is waiting in the wings, with 'beautiful words' on his lips. A masterwork of our era, 256 page paperback.
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ISBN 9780349138640
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