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Auschwitz testimonies, 1945–1986

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Auschwitz testimonies, 1945–1986
Call No: 940.5317 A932Le 2018

Call Number940.5317 A932Le 2018
Dates[2018]; ©2018
Statement of ResponsibilityPrimo Levi ; with Leonardo de Benedetti ; edited by Fabio Levi and Domenico Scarpa ; introduction by Robert S. C. Gordon ; translated by Judith Woolf.
Creators & ContributorsLevi, Primo (author)
De Benedetti, Leonardo (author)
Levi, Fabio (editor)
Scarpa, Domenico (editor)
Gordon, Robert S. C. (Robert Samuel Clive) (contributor)
Woolf, Judith (translator)
Summary"In 1945, soon after the liberation of Auschwitz, Soviet authorities in control of the Kattowitz (Katowice) camp in Poland asked Primo Levi and his fellow captive Leonardo De Benedetti to compile a detailed report on the sanitary conditions they witnessed in Auschwitz. The result was an extraordinary testimony and one of the first accounts of the extermination camps ever written. Their report, published in a medical journal in 1946, marked the beginnings of Levi’s life-long work as writer, analyst and witness. In the subsequent four decades, Levi never ceased to recount his experiences in Auschwitz in a wide variety of texts, many of which are assembled together here for the first time, alongside other testimony from De Benedetti. From early research into the fate of their companions to the deposition written for Eichmann’s trial, Auschwitz Testimonies is a rich mosaic of documents, memories and critical reflections of great historic and human value." —Publisher
ContentsTranslator's Note / Judith Woolf
Introduction: Bare Witness / Robert S. C. Gordon
  1. Report on the Sanitary and Medical Organization of the Monowitz Concentration Camp for Jews (Auschwitz--Upper Silesia) 1945–6 / Leonardo De Benedetti and Primo Levi
  2. Record by Dr Primo Levi, Registration No. 174517, Survivor of Monowitz-Buna 1945 / Primo Levi
  3. Deposition circa 1946 / Primo Levi
  4. Deposition on Monowitz 1946? / Leonardo De Benedetti
  5. Statement for the Höss Trial 1947 / Primo Levi
  6. Deposition for the Höss Trial 1947 / Leonardo De Benedetti
  7. Testimony for a Fellow Prisoner 1953 / Primo Levi
  8. Anniversary 1955 / Primo Levi
  9. Denunciation against Dr Joseph Mengele circa 1959 / Leonardo De Benedetti
  10. Letter to a Fascist's Daughter Who Wants to Know the Truth 1959 / Primo Levi
  11. Miracle in Turin 1959 / Primo Levi
  12. The Time of the Swastikas 1960 / Primo Levi
  13. Deposition for the Eichmann Trial 1960 / Primo Levi
  14. Testimony for Eichmann 1961 / Primo Levi
  15. Deportation and Extermination of the Jews 1961 / Primo Levi
  16. Statement for the Bosshamer Trial 1965 / Primo Levi
  17. The Deportation of the Jews 1966 / Primo Levi
  18. Questionnaire for the Bosshammer Trial 1970 / Leonardo De Benedetti
  19. Questionnaire for the Bosshammer Trial 1970 / Primo Levi
  20. Deposition for the Bosshammer Trial 1971 / Primo Levi
  21. The Europe of the Lagers 1973 / Primo Levi
  22. This Was Auschwitz 1975 / Primo Levi
  23. Political Deportees 1975 / Primo Levi
  24. Draft of a Text for the Interior of the Italian Block at Auschwitz 1978 / Primo Levi
  25. A Secret Defence Committee at Auschwitz 1979 / Primo Levi
  26. That Train to Auschwitz 1979 / Primo Levi
  27. In Memory of a Good Man 1983 / Primo Levi
  28. To Our Generation... 1986 / Primo Levi
Appendix: The Train to Auschwitz 1971 / Primo Levi and Leonardo De Benedetti
Afterword: A Witness and the Truth / Fabio Levi and Domenico Scarpa
Physical Description xi, 194 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish, Translated from the Italian by Judith Woolf.
PublisherCambridge : Polity Press
  • "Originally published in Italian as Così fu Auschwitz. Testimonianze, 1945–1986" —Title page verso
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Kit Krieger in memory of Else Dunner (z'l)