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Primo Levi

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Primo Levi, Chapter 3 e still possess one power, and we must defend it with all our strength for it is the last—the power to refuse our consent. Sources: The Atlantic, The Guardian, Jewish Virtual Library, New York Review of Books, Slate Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Numbers Symbolize the dehumanization of prisoners Shoes Represent giving up one’s old life for a painful new one Triangles Worn by prisoners; signify their status at Auschwitz Symbols Italian civilian worker; protects Levi by giving him bread and clothing Lorenzo Young Italian and Levi’s best friend; remains optimistic despite imprisonment Alberto Ex-sergeant of Austro-Hungarian Army; maintains dignity by washing and standing tall Steinlauf Young Italian Jew, a chemist by trade; works in Chemical Kommando at Auschwitz Primo Levi Main Characters Levi was an Italian Jew imprisoned in Auschwitz for about a year. Because he was in the infirmary during the liberation of Auschwitz in January 1945, he was not evacuated immediately. He was freed 10 days later when the Russian army arrived. After liberation he wrote about his experiences, as well as created fiction. PRIMO LEVI1919–87 Author Even in such dire conditions, some prisoners tried to retain their humanity. Being a Man Lack of food, warmth, and medical care made survival difficult on work detail. Survival The Nazis aimed to dehumanize the prisoners by treating them terribly. Dehumanization Survival in Auschwitz explores what it means to be a man—and what it means to destroy one. Levi addresses the difficulty of holding onto humanity and enduring in an extreme environment like Auschwitz, where he was a prisoner during World War II. Bearing Witness to the Horror of Auschwitz THEMES Italian Original Language 1947 Year Published Primo Levi Author Survival in Auschwitz War Literature Nonfiction

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