The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. Levi recognized the blurred boundary between the victim and the executioner. Matthias Schrader / AP

When Words Failed the Great Primo Levi

Perhaps one reason the Italian-born Holocaust survivor lived until the 1980s – unlike his German-speaking counterparts who quickly took their own lives – was because he wrote in his native tongue. Yet the famed author ultimately suffered the same fate

To Ruth Ben Asher

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