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Primo Levi

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Primo Levi was born in Turin,Italy in 1919. He was arrested because he was a member of the anti-Fascist resistance and was deported to Auschwitz. He died in April 1987 at the age of 68. Was 25 when he was sent to Auschwitz. He was also a chemist and author. He married Lucia Morpurgo and had 2 children named Lisa and Renzo.


He was tortured at Auschwitz until he went on a death march to liberation. During his death march many people got sick and died. He got sick as we'll but he was positive so the sickness didn't prevent him from getting liberation.He used bread to pay a more experienced Italian prisoner for German lessons and orientation in Auschwitz. He was given a smuggled soup ration each day from Lorenzo Perron, an Italian civilian bricklayer working there as a forced laborer. Levi's professional qualifications were useful: in mid-November 1944, he secured a position as an assistant in IG Farben Buna Werke laboratory that was intended to produce synthetic rubber. His avoiding hard Labour in freezing outdoor temperatures helped him to survive.

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Primo was taken to a concentration camp named Auschwitz in 1944. He was treated terribly while he was there. He was husky before he went to the Auschwitz and when he left he was a stick. He always had a positive attitude towards liberation, that is why he made it through Auschwitz. 40 years later he went back to auschwitz as a tourist with a group of kids to tell them his experience.
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