In 1943, na de tweedeling van Italië, met de koning en de geallieerden in het zuiden en Mussolini in het noorden, trok Primo Levi als verzetsstrijder de bergen in, maar werd al na enkele maanden opgepakt. Als jood werd hij naar Auschwitz gedeporteerd, vanwaar hij als een van de weinigen terugkeerde. Onmiddellijk na de bevrijding schreef hij, aanvankelijk uit een chaotische, blinde drang <

Is dit een mens?
Primo Levi 1919-1987
Frida De Matteis-Vogels
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Se questo è un uomo
Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 2015
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About Primo Levi

Primo Michele Levi (Italian: [ˈpriːmo ˈlɛːvi]; 31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was an Italian chemist, partisan, writer, and Jewish Holocaust survivor. He was the author of several books, collections of short stories, essays, poems and one novel. His best-known works include If This Is a Man (1947, published as Survival in Auschwitz in the United States), his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and The Periodic Table (1975), a collection of mostly autobiographical short stories each named after a chemical element as it played a role in each story, which the Royal Institution named the best science book ever written.

Levi died in 1987 from injuries sustained in a fall from a third-story apartment landing. His death was officially ruled a suicide, but some, after careful consideration, have sugg…Read more on Wikipedia