Analysis Of The Book ' Auschwitz '

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Primo Levi or as the Nazi’s renamed him 174517, was 25 when the Italian fascist captured him leading to his 11 months in Auschwitz. 174517 became his new way of identifying himself because it was believed only a man is worthy of a name. Survival in Auschwitz is his first hand account of his struggles to maintain a sense of humanity when his surroundings are trying to do the opposite. For Primo the war never ended- after being liberated by the Russians, Primo Levi continues to battle a psychological war that originated from his time in Auschwitz, leading to the transition into his other book The Reawakening, an account of his life after Auschwitz.
Primo walked while staring at the ground as if he were still in Auschwitz looking for scraps of food. He didn’t make eye contact with people because in Auschwitz they trained them not look at the officers in the face, as it was a way used to create inferiority. Primo was liberated but he never got that true sense of liberty because the PTSD controlled his mind. Many soldiers that suffer from PTSD end up taking their lives like Primo did. These soldiers cant live with the fact that they survived the war and others didn’t. Primo believed he died at Auschwitz, as his true person never left with him which is what happens when someone experiences PTSD; they really died in the battle field, it is not them who came back from war.
In some sense Primo Levi’s story is similar to American Sniper, the account of a Navy SEAL who was known as the…
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