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survival in auschwitz response paper

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If this be a Man Response Paper Primo Levi’s novel Survival in Auschwitz was originally titled If This be a Man . The title was changed for the United States in order to increase sales of the book; however, the title If This be a Man is more fitting for the novel. Primo Levi’s novel is a representation of how the Holocaust dehumanizes the individual through the experience. Asking whether those who have been dehumanized by the holocaust are still human is a more fitting title for this book. One does not survive the Holocaust fully in tact; rather, part of your humanity has been lost through the experience. The experience subjected upon the individual in a concentration camp dehumanizes them. The Individual loses the ability to care about anything other than survival of the self. The need to survive takes precedence over empathy towards others in the camp. Kuhn is an example of the dehumanization of Jews in the death camps.
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