A philosophical memoir

Survival in AuschwitzSurvival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Levi narrates not only his time from capture to imprisonment to freedom, but also reflects quite a lot on the systematic cruelty of the German authorities that set the inmates against each other and encouraged them to collaborate with their captors. Levi describes the horrors of “selection” that chose inmates for life or death but also talks about those that he came to admire. There’s even a memorable scene where he talks a friend through their arduous task by quoting from Dante’s Inferno.

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