We must keep in mind the monstrosities of the past. (possible spoilers)
Primo Levi’s Introduction
Primo Levi’s, “Survival In Auschwitz” drives the point home of why we need to study the past. Levi describes the atrocities that he was a victim of and survived. Life in the camp was uncertain with numerous factors working against the imprisoned. “Survival In Auschwitz” is Levi’s account of his personal struggle with those factors and more.
Levi describes the initial arrival to Auschwitz by detailing how the passengers of the train were immediately sorted into two lines. Levi’s line was escorted to begin the intake process and further sort out the numbers. The people in the second line were never heard from again. In an interview upon a return visit, he stated the people in the second line were taken and immediately executed.
Uncertainty and Survival
For the next 10 months, Levi was in an unimaginable hell, fighting to survive. In some cases, survival depended on being told to go left or right. The prisoners suffered beatings, injury, malnourishment, illness, and psychological abuse. They were made to, at certain times of night, use a communal bucket to relieve themselves. The guard would then instruct a prisoner to go empty the bucket, usually when it was nearly overflowing. They were forced to do tiring, backbreaking labor on rations that would barely be enough to sustain a person with little activity.
Levi’s story is one that everyone should read and keep in mind. This book is one, I believe, every person should read at one point in their life. Many historical reminders have been recently removed because they are offensive. Modern society is attempting to cover up and forget the past. This book is a deafening cry for why these actions should not happen. “Those who deny Auschwitz are the same ones who would be ready to make it again.” Primo Levi