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Levi, Primo

Summary Article: Levi, Primo from Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Philosophers
Italian, of Spanish-Jewish ancestry, b: 31 July 1919, Turin, d: 11 April 1987, Turin. Cat: Chemist; writer on the Holocaust; poet; children’s educator; existentialist. Educ: Chemistry, Turin University, 1939, just before introduction of Mussolini’s race laws; 1941, gradruated. Infls: Jewish tradition, Piedmontese upbringing, scientific studies and experiences in Auschwitz. Appts: 1941, industrial chemist with firm prepared to ignore Italian race laws; 1941–3, nomadic work; 1943–4, member of Piedmontese resistance; 1944–5, prison and deportation to Auschwitz, where he survived as an expert in chemistry, and transferred to factory; 1945, traveller in Europe; 1945–77, industrial chemist and writer, 1977–87, writer. Main publications: (1947) Se Questo É Un Uomo,...    Continue Reading
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