By Sodi, Risa; Levi, Primo; Dante Alighieri

This unique and well timed quantity information the impact of Dante's Inferno on Primo Levi's vintage Holocaust narrative, Se questo è uomo, and his final publication of essays, I sommersi e i salvatie. Such key options as reminiscence, justice, and the world of the impartial sinners - «la zona grigia» for Levi - are given specific emphasis. 3 questions shape the spine of the ebook: Can reminiscence be conquer? the place is justice for the Holocaust survivor? and, Is there a center flooring among sufferer and oppressors, and the way does Levi outline it? plentiful use of interviews with the writer demonstrate how Levi relates those 3 inquiries to such modern figures as Sigmund Freud, Franz Stangl, Rudolf Höss, Jean Améry, Liliana Cavani, and Kurt Waldheim

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If I were a rabbi, maybe I would; if I were a judge ... believe that if someone has commited a crime, he has to pay. " The authority does not rest with me. I don't say so out of anger, because even when incidents don't involve me directly, like with the Italian terrorists, for example, or even with the repented terrorists, I can't bring myself to forgive them. If they commited a crime, then they have to pay because justice doesn't exist if there's no payment. In I sommersi e i salvati, I mentioned the story of the onion-do you remember Dostoyevski 's story of the onion?

Just at that moment, SS Commander Muhsfeld happened by. The doctor explained the case to him. 38 The Grey Zone and the Neutral Sinners Muhsfeld listened and then decided: the girl must be killed. Loathe to carry out the order with his own hands, he called in an underling who shot the girl with a bullet to the nape of the neck. In 1947, Muhsfeld was tried for this crime among others, convicted and hanged. " 23 Non e difficile giudicare Muhsfeld, e non credo che il tribunate che lo ha condannato abbia avuto dubbi; per contro, ii nostro bisogno e Ia nostra capacita di giudicare si inceppano davanti alia Squadra Speciale.

How then can we reconcile these seemingly overlapping areas: faithfulness to traditional ethics and justice unto oneself? Greco-Thomistic theoreticians, Freccero points out, maintained that it was in the rational creature's nature to love itself "and that such love could be sinful or just, depending on whether motivated by right reason or cupiditas. " 13 He continues, "Malum est defectus. 15 These were men and women whose natural love of self became an overweening love of self. They turned their back on a moral, ethical order and gave in to the evil within themselves.

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