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Auschwitz Report Hardcover – 2 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844670929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844670925
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most important and gifted writers of our time." - Italo Calvino

About the Author

A chemist by training, Primo Levi (1919-1987) was arrested as an anti-fascist partisan during World War II, and deported to Auschwitz in 1944. He is the author of many books including The Drowned and the Saved and If This is a Man.

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For a non medical person some of the terms used where a little tricky however the bibliography helped. A review of the appalling conditions, illnesses suffered and in-sufficient treatments made available to inmates of one of Auschwitz' camps. I read this prior to reading "If This Is A Man" and "The Truce" by Primo Levi - I think by understanding that what would seem a small injury could be potentially life threatening due to the circumstances being endured, it gave me a better understanding of the following books.
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Great book. Very moving.
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Im afraid to say Levi cant write good books,they are very muddled,
so you end up throwing the book in the bin,he just has no idea how
to put it together.
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HASH(0x95e0dcd8) out of 5 stars Excellent reporting 15 Feb. 2007
By Charles Morgan - Published on
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As you may already know, Primo Levi on the Holocaust can be seriously depressing.

The brief Auschwitz Report is an uemotional report of some of the events and practices

Levi witnessed there. Perhaps the lack of obvious emotion brings our horror into sharp relief.
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HASH(0x96017c24) out of 5 stars Unbiased, Direct and Profound 1 Jan. 2015
By LFD - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The first English printing of this classic work by Primo Levi and Leonardo de Benedetti. Soon after their liberation by Soviet troops, they were asked to write a clinical report--Levi was a chemist and Benedetti a doctor--describing the health conditions at Auschwitz. Impressive in its directness.
HASH(0x9634ae34) out of 5 stars "Where should we find the strength to build our lives again?" 22 Oct. 2015
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
Format: Paperback
Twenty-five year old Primo Levi and forty-six year old Dr. Leonardo De Benedetti were two of only twenty-four survivors out of the "six hundred and fifty men, women, and children crowded into the closed wagons" of a train convoy that departed from a detention camp in Fossoli, Italy, and arrived at Auschwitz in February, 1944. Levi and De Benedetti were "fortunate" to be selected as slave laborers at Monowitz, or Auschwitz III, operated by the Nazis in conjunction with the IG Farben industrial and chemical corporation. The Soviet Army freed Levi and Dr. De Benedetti on January 27, 1945. After the war, the men made their way home to Turin, "bound together as one," and "indelibly the horrors they had seen."

This monograph has significant historical value, since it is Levi's first published work. Moreover, this primary source is one of the earliest accounts to mention "the annihilation of the European Jews." Levi unemotionally describes the four-day journey from Fossoli to Auschwitz--the cold, thirst, damp, overcrowding, and despair. When the deportees arrived, many were sent to Birkenaku's gas chamber. The remaining prisoners were forced to line up every day "in rigid formation" for roll calls lasting "between one and three hours." They had meager rations and inadequate clothing, and slept on uncomfortable and dirty pallets with their fellow inmates.

Translated masterfully from the Italian by Judith Woolf, "The Auschwitz Report" was co-written by Levi and De Benedetti at the behest of their Soviet liberators. It was published in an Italian medical journal in 1946. Levi and De Benedetti offer a succinct, matter-of-fact, and detailed account of the medical facility in Monowitz, "a place of mistreatment, neglect, and meaningless regulation, of torture and violence meted out b its nurses." The authors, using unadorned and unemotional prose that is all the more powerful because of its simplicity and clarity, create a portrait of a pseudo-hospital in which starving people, some of whom had contagious illness, were kept alive, just barely, so that they could continue their backbreaking toil for the Reich.

In a coda, Levi pays tribute to Dr. Leonardo De Benedetti, who predeceased him, calling the physician "a brave and gentle man who had been an invaluable help to many while never asking for help from anyone." No one who reads the stark and poignant "Auschwitz Report" will remain unmoved.
HASH(0x95e10138) out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Sept. 2015
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the product is very good delivered in a well packaged materials. I like it a lot.
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