8. Surviving Auschwitz

8 Surviving - Surviving Auschwitz Primo Levi In Judeo-Christian tradition make oneself to have godlike powers by performing a sacrifice that would

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Surviving Auschwitz : Primo Levi In Judeo-Christian tradition- make oneself to have godlike powers by performing a sacrifice that would allow no more need for more sacrifice- remove all sin Reason for ascent- sacrificial gesture- disobeying the order lead to mortality- made a death defying choice- willing to risk death Sacrificial theme- Nazis grasped this and did own form of this Sacrifice is used ambiguously- sacrifice yourself or sacrifice others Author was Italian Jew- arrested at 26- member of antifascist group- was a chemist and a writer Page 9 “it was my good fortune…whim of individuals”- not a bad time to go to the camps- chance of living was stronger- “this book of mine. ..it should be able…stranger is an enemy…conviction”- every stranger is an enemy- since the holocaust there have been other genocides Prayer written- revised after his experience in the camp-central prayer of Judaism Italian title of book- “Is this a man”- prisoners no longer a man- no name but number instead Wrote book because he is bearing witness to what actually happened- everyone should know so that it won’t happen again
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course ANTH 146 taught by Professor Evens during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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