Auschwitz Report by Leonardo De Benedetti

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While in a Russian-administered holding camp in Katowice, Poland, in 1945, Primo Levi was asked to provide a report on living conditions in Auschwitz. Published the following year, it was then forgotten, and has until now remained unknown to a wider public.

Dating from the weeks and months immediately after the war, Auschwitz Report represents a fascinating and unusual return to the very earliest phase of Holocaust testimony. It details the author’s deportation to Auschwitz, selections for work and extermination, everyday life in the camp, and the organization and working of the gas chambers. It constitutes Levi’s first, astonishingly lucid attempts to come to terms with the raw horror of events that would drive him to create some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature and testimony. Auschwitz Report is a major literary and historical discovery.

About Leonardo De Benedetti

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A chemist by training, Primo Levi (1919-1987) was arrested as an anti-fascist partisan during World War II, and deported to Auschwitz in 1944. His books include The Drowned and the Saved, If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table. He died in 1987. Norton will publish The Complete Works of Primo Levi in 2010.
Published March 3, 2015 by Verso. 97 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Auschwitz Report Primo Levi with Leonardo De Benedetti Verso £9.99, pp97 The exploitative packaging of Auschwitz Report is misleading.

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First published in Italy in 1946, this newly rediscovered early work by the celebrated late author of such Holocaust memoirs as Survival in Auschwitz —an eyewitness account of conditions at Buna-Monowitz, a satellite camp of Auschwitz—appears in English for the first time.

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