Book Review of Survival In Auschwitz

Survival In Auschwitz
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This is a translation of Primo Levi's "Se questo è un uomo"- "If this is a man". Levi is a very erudite and poetic author, tackling some very dark subject matter, his years in Auschwitz. He shows how the Germans systematically and mercilessly reduced these prisoners (mostly Jews, but also criminals, prisoners-of-war, and others)to losing their humanity and almost becoming bestial in their fight for survival. Atrocities became commonplace, and some behaviors described are gruesome. A very illuminating and difficult book to get through, because of man's brutality towards his fellow man.