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Luzzi 1 “It was only then that the full extent of the Nazi policy to exterminate the Jews started to become public and clear” 1 , explains author David S. Mason. The time dealing with the elimination of the Jews was known as the Holocaust. Before the time of the Holocaust, the Russian Revolution took place leaving Germany devastated and in anguish. Taking advantage of Germany’s vulnerability, Adolf Hitler capitalized on the country’s economic distress and seized absolute power 2 . Hitler’s ultimate goal was to consolidate and confine the Jews into working camps, regardless of their wishes. The treatment of the Jews in the camps was far from civil, clean and healthy. In this paper, I will address three main issues pertaining to the Holocaust. First, I will describe exactly what life was like in the Nazi death camps which are discussed in Primo Levi’s novel, “ Survival in Auschwitz”. Next, I will identify the various groups in the concentration camps. And finally, I will explain how these various groups’ experiences in the camp differed. Each individual who went through the Holocaust has a different story of their time in the death camps which were controlled by the Nazis. Primo Levi was a survivor of the Holocaust who writes about his experience in his novel, “ Survival in Auschwitz ”. Levi was an “Italian citizen of the Jewish race” 3 . He was a young, twenty-five year old, chemist who was arrested and sent to Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp. Levi’s tells the story of his ten month experience in the nasty and vicious work camps. The camps brought a whole new meaning to the word life.
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Luzzi 2 Life in the Auschwitz concentration camp was destructive, uncivil, and a daily struggle for survival. As soon as Levi arrived at the camp, treatment towards him and the other Jews change instantaneously. When they were unloaded off the trains, the Germans immediately barked commands at them in angered fashion 4 . They quickly split the Jew up into groups, consisting of men (fit and unfit), women, children and the elderly. Levi stated, “in an instant, our women, our parents, our children disappeared” 5 . With a blind of an eye, loved ones were separated without any notion of when they might see each other again. The disruption of families was simply one of the many painful events the Jews endured on their journey to the camps. Once Levi arrived at the camp, he said, “they make us enter an enormous empty room that is poorly heated. We have a terrible thirst. The weak gurgle of the water in the radiators make us feroeious” 6 . Here, Levi illustrates how worn and thirsty the Jews were as they were escorted from the trains; in addition, having to deal with the temptation of unattainable water in
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2010 for the course GHS 209-02 taught by Professor Anokwa during the Spring '10 term at Butler.

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