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A Literary Guide to Understanding Tyrannies and Dictatorships

Of all the chroniclers of the Nazi genocide, few are as lucid and as clear-eyed as Levi, an Italian chemist who was transported to Auschwitz and miraculously survived to tell the tale. Best known for his extraordinary biography, “If This is a Man” (known in the U.S. by the less enigmatic title, “Survival in Auschwitz”), Levi’s last published work before his suicide in 1987 is a powerful meditation on the culture and mindset of both the operators and the victims of the extermination camps.

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