Sixty-seven years have passed since Italian Holocaust survivor Primo Levi published his memoir Se questo è un uomo (If this is Man, released in the United States under the title Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity ). 1 Untarnished by the passage of time, Levi’s testimony remains a touchstone of Holocaust study.2 Hi snarrative extends beyond descriptions of physical suffering of camp life and offers a philosophical inquiry into humanity and inhumanity in Auschwitz. For Levi, the camp was a “social experiment” that released “the human animal in the struggle for life.” In the fight for one’s survival, commonplace categories of opposites such as “the good and the bad, the wise and the foolish, the unlucky and the fortunate,“ became far more complex.3
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