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Primo Levi's "Survival in Auschwitz"
Summary and analysis of Primo Levi's book about his experience in a Nazi extermination camp, "Survival in Auschwitz".
# 50001 | 1,932 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2004 in Holocaust Studies (General)

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The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of the Holocaust and how Primo Levi survived his imprisonment in Auschwitz. Specifically, it answers the questions: What perspective does Levi provide on day-to-day survival within Auschwitz? Was there order amidst the chaos of mass murder?

From the Paper:

"Primo Levi was one of the lucky few who survived the horrific prison camp of Auschwitz operated by the Nazis with the sole purpose of exterminating as many Jews as possible. Levi opens his book with the statement, "It was my good fortune to be deported to Auschwitz only in 1944, that is, after the German Government had decided, owing to the growing scarcity of labor, to lengthen the average life span of the prisoners destined for elimination" (Levi 9). Initially, this opening sentence in the Preface not only illustrates the strength of the man who the reader will come to know throughout the book, but his essential optimism, which is one of the many things that ultimately helped him survive his nine months in the world's most notorious Nazi prison camp. As the book unfolds, the traits necessary to survive become quite obvious, and Levi's trait of optimism even in the pit of despair is one of the things that helped pull him through, and helped many others survive, too."

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