Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz seemed to be a must-read for my interest towards the Holocaust…but I was kinda wrong.
Rating: 2/5 stars.
If you want a great book about the Holocaust, you should read Night by Elie Wiesel, not this book. This whole reading experience seemed like Primo Levi wrote it without any feelings, like it was just a scientific work of his…and let’s not mention the french and german words that were thrown there without any explanations.
I know a lot of people consider it one of the most important books about this subject (along Anne Frank’s diary, of course) because the events are being told from someone who suffered in that place and wanted to share it with the world…but there are many other books better than this one that can reach to your heart in no time.
“You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find warm food
And friendly faces when you return home.
Consider if this is a man
Who works in mud,
Who knows no peace,
Who fights for a crust of bread,
Who dies by a yes or no.
Consider if this is a woman
Without hair, without name,
Without the strength to remember,
Empty are her eyes, cold her womb,
Like a frog in winter.
Never forget that this has happened.
Remember these words.
Engrave them in your hearts,
When at home or in the street,
When lying down, when getting up.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your houses be destroyed,
May illness strike you down,
May your offspring turn their faces from you.”