A Dante Of Our Time : Primo Levi and Auschwitz by Sodi, Risa; Levi, Primo; Dante Alighieri

By Sodi, Risa; Levi, Primo; Dante Alighieri

This unique and well timed quantity information the effect of Dante's Inferno on Primo Levi's vintage Holocaust narrative, Se questo è uomo, and his final booklet of essays, I sommersi e i salvatie. Such key strategies as reminiscence, justice, and the area of the impartial sinners - «la zona grigia» for Levi - are given specific emphasis. 3 questions shape the spine of the booklet: Can reminiscence be conquer? the place is justice for the Holocaust survivor? and, Is there a center floor among sufferer and oppressors, and the way does Levi outline it? considerable use of interviews with the writer exhibit how Levi relates those 3 inquiries to such modern figures as Sigmund Freud, Franz Stangl, Rudolf Höss, Jean Améry, Liliana Cavani, and Kurt Waldheim

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It is subject to the same wear and tear as any of our other organs: when exercised, like a Memory and the Memory of Offense 50 muscle, it remains vigorous. When neglected, it degenerates. Memory, however, is more than an organic function, much as a mind is more than a brain. Our memory is the repository of the sum of our life experiences. It is the crux of our personality, the crutch on which our future self rests. Without memory, there can be no progress of the human spirit, no possibility that within a single lifetime, or a generation, or a century, past missteps can be retraced and redirected, past wrongs can be recognized and righted.

He certainly signed some papers. He certainly lied. He couldn't not have known what was happening at Salonika-it was common knowledge. Certainly he knew, so he lied when he said he didn't. He's a grey zoner! He's a man with a very real responsibility, but one that dwells within the greater responsibility of the Nazi machine. 29 When asked whether Waldheim had fabricated his own set of truths to shield himself from the past, Levi replied, "Oh, he didn't need to. He's too lucid to need to fabricate a set of truths, don't you think?

It is subject to the same wear and tear as any of our other organs: when exercised, like a Memory and the Memory of Offense 50 muscle, it remains vigorous. When neglected, it degenerates. Memory, however, is more than an organic function, much as a mind is more than a brain. Our memory is the repository of the sum of our life experiences. It is the crux of our personality, the crutch on which our future self rests. Without memory, there can be no progress of the human spirit, no possibility that within a single lifetime, or a generation, or a century, past missteps can be retraced and redirected, past wrongs can be recognized and righted.

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