The Drowned and the Saved (Auschwitz Trilogy #3)

by Primo Levi

The author tries to understand the rationale behind Auschwitz, Treblinka,Bergen-Belsen.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 170 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.36 out of 5
  • Published February 1st 1989 by Abacus
  • Original Title: I sommersi e i salvati
  • ISBN: 0349100470 (ISBN13: 9780349100470)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: Auschwitz Trilogy #3

The author tries to understand the rationale behind Auschwitz, Treblinka, Bergen-Belsen. Dismissing stereotyped images of brutal Nazi torturers and helpless victims, Levi draws extensively on his own experiences to delve into the minds and motives of oppressors and oppressed alike. Describing the difficulty and shame of remembering, the limited forms of collaboration between inmates and SS goalers, the exploitation of useless violence and the plight of the intellectual, Levi writes about the issue of power, mercy and guilt, and their effects on the lives of the ordinary people who suffered so incomprehendingly.