Jewish Concentration Camps And The Nazi War

901 WordsMar 30, 20164 Pages
Comprehending the life suffered by those forced into German concentration camps is inconceivable, for only those who experienced such trauma can understand. Authors such as Primo Levi present readers with a glimpse into the daily, sorrowful life of prisoners. Levi, an Italian Jew and chemist, was captured by the fascist army in December of 1943. At only twenty-four years of age, he admitted to his ignorance and inexperience which would fail to help him transition into Auschwitz. Levi’s time in Auschwitz compelled him to view humanity as self-interested men who lost sympathy for each other in the means of survival. During the deportation and arrival at camp, some men chose to be optimistic about their fate ensuring one day they would return home to their families. At such a naïve time, optimism was all these prisoners possessed. As time at Auschwitz continued, Levi became more pessimistic. One of his earliest discoveries included the prejudice against Italians which he felt were thought of as the stupidest people. When they asked a question they were completely ignored as if they did not exist. It was through this experience in which Levi learned about every mans own interest and unconcern about the condition of others, whether that interest laid in the Nazis and their plan to annihilate the Jews, or within the prisoners who sought every possibility to gain something to eat even if that meant stealing from somebody or deliberately lying and sabotaging. In such conditions,
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