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Emotional, educational and well written Holocaust account.
on 18 November 2016
Two different books, originally published separately, written by Primo Levi; "If This Is A Man and The Truce". The first part is Primo Levi's account of the time he spent in Auschwitz and the second part follows his liberation from the camp and his long, torturous journey through Russia and parts of Europe to Italy. Levi describes his experiences in a simple, clean way which adds to the overall feeling of horror. The most haunting accounts are his descriptions of the psychological impact of a camp regime which sought only to break, de-humanize and kill. Levi begins his journey with a sense of total bewilderment, he had now idea Auschwitz existed until he arrived there, but he grows to display a huge amount of humanity and an uncanny ability to make profound, analytical insights into the nature of human beings. His account of life after the war and the breakdown of 'civilized' society is educational and an important part of World history. Immensely honest, emotional and well written. Recommended to all. I would also recommend "If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women" by Sarah Helm.