Survival inThe autobiography, Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

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The autobiography, Survival in Auschwitz was written by an Italian resistance member named Primo Levi. In the novel, Levi accounts on his incarceration in the Auschwitz Holocaust concentration camp from February 1944 to January 27, 1945. Levi was born in July 1919 in Turin, Italy. Sixty seven years later, he died in the same city, Turin in Italy. He was an intelligent and intellectual man with a passion for writing and chemistry. Primo’s most famous writing piece was actually the book, Survival in Auschwitz. Originally titled, If this Is a Man, Survival in Aushwitz was first officially published in 1947, two years after his release from Auschwitz. This novel is about the horrific events that took place towards Levi and other captive …show more content…
The antagonists of the story are mainly the SS men of Auschwitz. Primo also encounters many men in the camp that he is not fond of such as Null Achtzehn. As I read this novel, I was able to connect to the theme very closely. The theme of the novel is expressed when the SS soldiers select the strong and fit individuals to do back breaking labour on the field. It is also expressed when Levi stresses the importance of his knowledge and how his intellect will save him. In today’s modern world, there are far more people working very hard for their wages. Construction workers lift thousands of pounds of block and building material a day to get paid significantly less than the office men sitting at a desk coordinating them and the construction job. Customer service representatives get far less per hour than the supervisors that talk to fewer rude and unhappy customers each day. This connects to Levi’s experience because there are many more bunkers in Auschwitz that can only perform back breaking work than there are intelligent bunkers that can learn to survive and get out of the Lager. Levi obtained his objective when writing this book. The fact that this was a primary source helps him portray his objective clearly. Within the first chapter, “The Journey,” I felt connected to him and could emotionally attach myself to the cruel life he had to face. I felt a great deal of empathy for Levi and the conditions he had to face while he

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