The Gray Zone by Primo Levi In the chapter, the gray zone, the author Primo Levi describes the human relationships inside the Lager. In describing the gray zone, Levi discusses the different roles of prisoners assigned by the Nazi. The prisoners that did the work were seen as being more privileged which at the end of the day helped them get more food and live better. Therefore, the concept of the gray zone is analyzing the difference between the privileged and the non-privileged in the Lager.
Primo Levi’s book, Survival in Auschwitz, examines how a select few managed to survive the inhumane and brutal treatment of the Jews in Auschwitz. The well-known Italian Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi was only 24-years-old, when he was captured and taken to a detention camp in Fossoli, before spending eleven months in Auschwitz. He, like so many other innocent Jews, was sent to die in the death camp but with a little bit luck and resourcefulness, he survived. In his essay, “The Gray Zone” Levi,
Bourgois and Schonberg (2009, p. 15) first explore the concept of the ‘gray zone’ in the introduction, the purpose of using this theory to gain a better understanding of how the state structural forces created a morally ambiguous zone in which the Edgewater homeless exist, where survival imperatives overcome human decency. As the Edgewater homeless fight and struggle to survive another day, they use manipulations and deceit to gain advantage over their fellow campmates, in order to decrease their
Social injustices occur on a daily basis ranging from minor racial slurs to violence and abuse. It is easy to see why Primo Levi is astonished with the actions that we humans place on each other. The articles US Inner-city Apartheid by Philippe Bourgois and Difference and Other Infections of the Day by Alisse Waterston show clearly the prejudice and inequality that take place on a daily basis around the world. Philippe Bourgois speaks first-hand on the injustices that occur in the mainly Puerto