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Caust Based on a true story it chronicles the adventures crises and moral struggles of a group of Russian and Po. This was in many ways a breath of fresh air in Holocaust literature reflective of the horrors yet focusing on WWII itself and all the other things that were happening to the Jews outside of the camps It was nice learning about the partisans and the underground survivors and how Italy drew all the Jews from everywhere in preparation for a new life In a way it was a period that I already knew a lot about from previous literature but delivered in a different way focusing on a different perspective It was also surprisingly balanced for a book by a Holocaust survivor Levi didn t sink too deeply into despair or condemn everything for the rest of time for what happened His style of writing is very straightforward and spends just as much time on the good as on the bad Surprisingly pleasant as well as informative
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Lish refugees as stranded in occupied territory they offer what resistance they can to the German army back cove. Mendel is a Russian Jew whose wife was killed when the Germans invaded Russia Having joined the Soviet army and become detached from it behind the German lines he is wandering through the countryside fighting his own war to survive He meets up with other partisans stragglers and members of various resistance groups Slowly this changing band makes its way west coming up against other groups friendly or not losing some lives and saving others undermining the German army where possible but mostly staying out of its wayI knew this was a Holocaust story but it wasn t what I expected It didn t focus on the concentration camps or ghettos nor on Primo Levi s native Italy but on the devastated landscape of Eastern Europe in the confused final years of the war An awe inspiring story
READ & DOWNLOAD Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Þ Primo Levi
So runs the Song of the Partisan This enthralling novel pays tribute to the Jews who fought back during the holo. Born into a Jewish family Primo Levi could not have foreseen the future that lay ahead of himWith the rise of fascism the chemistwriter would get caught up in what seemed a civil war in the German zone where Italians fought Italians and fascists fought anti fascists Levi was arrested for resistance activity and by train left Turin passing the Mole Antonelliana a major landmark building little did he realize he would pass the same building entering Turin again in 1945 He was a lucky boy but then he wasn t how can one truly escape what went before the unimaginable horror AuschwitzA work of fiction but based on real events Primo Levi with dignity and passion traces the journey of a group of partisan survivors who in the latter stages of World War Two make their way from the snow covered ground of Russia through Germany then Italy hoping to reach Palestine Former soldiers Mendel and Leonid meet up with a band of rebels deep in the freezing harsh woods and marshes somewhere in Soviet territories luckily for them they are also Jews men women and children Constantly vigilant for any unwanted German attacks they move west into Polish territory and navigate the anti Semitism of both peasants and the Polish underground News is spreading that allied forces are giving the Nazis hell but the war here is far from over confronted with the hostilities of mother nature and other war stragglers they continue their uest for the holy land and hopefully calm goodwill and harmonyOn the one hand this does have the all the hallmarks of non fiction simply because of it s main themes however it does read like a novel there is unmanageable tension during the battles with one of sabotage on a train being uite thrilling and also warm compassionate moments between the group where even love can blossom in the face of such adversity If Not Now When is most of all the tale of a journey the journey itself goes though ever changing landscapes where the usual markers of place of direction have been effaced The partisan skirt towns villages and roads have all no doubt seen better days communication with the outside world does not exist A few even got the chance to sit out the war an Uzbek made his home in a crashed German plane with out seeing any conflict whist an arch survivor nestled in an empty underground bunker with only the solitude of his own thoughts as to whats going on elsewhereThis is also a story of memories narrated by eye witnesses whose testimony serves much the same function as Levi s own in his other works For the best part the Germans remain off stage talked of but only fought in small areas The genocides surfaces in the halting recollections and dreams of the survivors Mendel dreaming of home and wife a normal life away from the madnessJews taking up arms is a theme Levi returns to time after time Levi declared that he wanted to nail the myth prevalent in Italy at the time that no Jews had resisted the Nazis our war is just Mendel tells the Russians when capturing a German fighter alive after raiding an abandoned concentration camp they feel the need to tell him they are Jews But the desire for revenge is tempered with the demands of justice itself blood isn t paid for with blood blood is paid for with justice Yet it is hard for these people to give up their arms and they are only with difficulty persuaded to do this when they reach the Italian border The story would end with the joy of a birthonly to be followed by breaking news August 6th 1945 and the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima Like his heroes Levi manages to escape death returning home to his native city and family and left the world with written works that are a testimony to a special kind of human spirit an extraordinary man who through lucid mediation relives his unbearable experience and all it s chaos