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For over 25 years, the Auschwitz Foundation and the nonprofit organization Remembrance of Auschwitz have been publishing their journal, thus offering a pluridisciplinary forum for research on the Nazi camps and the genocide of the Jews and Roma. From the beginning, the journal has taken part in contemporary debates on issues of history and memory. Given the increased interest for memory studies today, its scope has been expanded since no. 100 to encompass research on the phenomenon of mass violence throughout history.

Latest issue
119 | 2014
Il y a 70 ans, Auschwitz. Retour sur Primo Levi

70 jaar geleden, Auschwitz. Terugblik op Primo Levi
70 years ago: Auschwitz. Looking back on Primo Levi
Edited by Philippe Mesnard

27 January 1945. Seventy years ago the first soldiers of the Red Army marched into Auschwitz. One might argue that the camp was “liberated” then, but the truth is that neither Auschwitz, nor any of the other Nazi camps, was ever a priority to the Allied Powers. Primo Levi was one of the few survivors who knew how to hide and escape the enforced evacuation of the camps. With this dossier, we want to cast light on the complex figure that Levi was: a Jew, a deportee, a chemists, a witness, and a writer. It sets out to study his oeuvre and his interpretation of the notions of “resistance” and “engagement”, in order to understand how he eventually became a “professional survivor”, as he once described himself.

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