Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Primo Levi: Back to Auschwitz (1983)


Primo Levi: Back to Auschwitz (1983), recounts Primo Levi’s [1919–1987] return to Auschwitz, in 1982, as a free man but with memories of the horror intact; this was broadcast by the Italian State Television, Rai, in 1983. The interviewer is Daniel Toaff, the son of Elio Toaff, the former Chief Rabbi of Rome. Part 2 can be viewed here. Primo Levi, a trained chemist, was a lucid writer and his books rank among my favourites, which might surprise a few people when one considers what he writes about. It is precisely for this reason that I view his work as not only important but essential reading for every human being who has a conscience. Levi’s understanding of humanity, and his articulation of it, is among the best of the best. On a final note, I am among the many who view his death as accidental and in no way intentional, a dizzy spell and a fall from the interior third floor landing outside his apartment. Yet, his writing is accessible; do me the honour of reading his books. Your understanding will assuredly increase. For more, go [here], [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
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