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The Drowned and the Saved Summary
Primo Levi

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The Drowned and the Saved Summary

Plot Summary

The Drowned and the Saved presents a thematic treatment of the Holocaust, revealing the how it is remembered, forgotten, and stereotyped by surviving victims, the perpetrators, and subsequent generations. Survivor Primo Levi relates how to very few live to tell their stories and unmasks the true depths of Nazi evil.

Survivors' stories are the basis for understanding the Nazis' "final solution," the physical evidence having been largely destroyed to make it all appear fictitious. The stories, however, have limitations as historical sources. One of these is that both victims' and perpetrators' "Memory of the Offense"over time become stylized and stereotyped, for very different motivations. Most listeners want there to be stark black/white, good/bad, but the Lagers are a vast "Gray Zone," where almost every survivor has some degree of guilt as a victim-collaborators, and the oppressors are not uniformly evil. All prisoners in and after...

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