- 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)
Auschwitz Report Hardcover – 2 Oct 2006
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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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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.
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.