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Hannah Lashbrook Dr. Gunnoe HY 162 9 December 2016 Journal Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi was a very interesting book. I am always very interested to learn about the Holocaust because it is very fascinating to me. It was cool to hear the perspective of someone who survived in Buna because often when we study the Holocaust we only hear the perspectives of those in Birkenau. I have previously read Elie Wiesel’s Night , and I found a lot of similarities in their memoirs. Survival in Auschwitz is Primo Levi’s experience in Buna, the working camp. Primo Levi was an Italian chemist who was captured by the Italian fascists. After he was captured, the Italian fascists deported him out of Italy, and he was sent to Auschwitz. Levi’s experience allows the readers to see the horrible working conditions experienced by the Jews, POW, and other prisoners in the Buna camp. Levi says that they were each given set of clothing, a bowl, and a pair of shoes. They were given a ration of bread and watery soup each day. They were shaved every Sunday, and had to share a bunk with another person. Any of the items the prisoners were in possession of when they came to the camp were taken from them upon arrival. Any possession they possessed in camp (shoes, clothes, etc.) could be stolen from them at any time by another prisoner. They had to shower, but there was no soap or towels. If they didn’t come out of the showering room wet, they would get in trouble from the bathroom guard. Because they are given so little, the prisoners have a trading system. The market their things so they can get something more valuable to them at the time. Levi got a knife/spoon from this market, and later on in the book, he learns to play the market even better. The market is considered “illegal” by Nazi standards; however, most of the “moral” rules of the camp allow for illegal trading. They work Primo Levi did at Auschwitz was very hard. He said he was very weak compared to some of the other people in the camp, and he had to carry very heavy loads in the factory. Towards the end of his stay, he ends up working as a chemist. Primo Levi was in Auschwitz for a little over a year. He experienced two very cold winters. Levi also described his experience in the infirmary. The first time he went he lost all of
his belongings because he didn’t know that you had to come in naked. He like being in the infirmary because all you did was sleep and eat. The first time he was sent to the infirmary was because a foot problem. A guy he was working with dropped a load on his foot, and he was bleeding quite a bit. The second time he went to the KaBe, he was ill with scarlet fever. He

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