Book Review of Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz Essay

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Book Review of Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz

World War II was a war that took many lives from civilians that deserved to have a life of their own. They were ordinary people who were victims from a horrible and lengthy war that brought out the worst in some people. In Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz, Levi gives a detailed account of his life in a concentration camp. Primo Levi was a young Italian chemist who was only twenty-four years old when he was captured by the Nazis in 1943. He spent two long and torturous years at Auschwitz before the Russian army freed the remaining prisoners of the camp. He tells about life inside the camp and how tough it was to be held like an animal for so long. He says they were treated as
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The one thing all of the prisoners had in common was hunger, which laid the foundation for their life in Auschwitz.

The prisoners in Auschwitz were treated very poorly and the world came crashing down on them even before they were brought there. When Levi was informed that he was going to be going to Auschwitz from Turin, Italy he did not know what to expect but he did not expect this. He said, "dancing before my eyes I see the spaghetti which we had just cooked, Vanda, Luciana, and I, at the sorting-camp when we suddenly heard the news that we would leave for here the following day; and were eating it and we stopped" (74). He was not aware that he would not be able to eat like this ever in the camp and was almost convinced that he would never eat like that again period. He thought about this in one of the rare moments that he had a chance to think about his past life that was very depressing for anyone to think about. They all thought they would be stuck there forever which it seemed liked already.

The hunger that took over for everybody became the basis for their complex social structure. They would use rations of bread as the currency for things that they would need. They would buy spoons, shirts, and other things that they would need to survive inside the camp. The veterans could tell who the new people in the camp were because the new arrivals would stash half rations of bread in their coats while the veterans could not do that because they
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