Primo Levi

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Primo Michele Levi (31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was a Jewish chemist and writer. He is best known for his accounts of being a prisoner at Auschwitz and in particular for the book If This Is a Man or Survival in Auschwitz (United States title).

The revisionist Germar Rudolf has written that "Now to Primo Levi, who after Elie Wiesel is the next most famous Auschwitz survivor. In his book he writes that only after the war he had learned there were gassing at Auschwitz, and therefore only alludes to them in his texts (Levi 1947). After 1976, however, in an appendix, the gas chambers appear so often and in such a style that it deceitfully suggests Levi had firsthand experience of them. The suspicion arises that on account of the rising popularity of the Holocaust industry in the 1970s, Levi’s work was augmented in order to satisfy the increasing demand for gas chamber horror stories."[1]

Levi also stated (similarly to Elie Wiesel and Israel Gutman) that when the Soviet Communists were approaching the camp, he out of fear would probably have preferred to join the other inmates leaving Auschwitz with the SS, if only he had not been so sick.[1] See also Holocaust Memorial Days on Communist atrocities at the liberation of Auschwitz.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Holocaust Handbooks, Volume 15: Germar Rudolf: Lectures on the Holocaust—Controversial Issues Cross Examined 2nd, revised and corrected edition.