A prominent Holocaust survivor and author who lost the will to survive.
The Perils of Fame
His final collection of reflections on the Holocaust, The Drowned and the Saved, was published posthumously. In it, Levi devotes a chapter to the Belgian philosopher and Auschwitz survivor, Jean Amery, who committed suicide in 1978. Levi quotes Amery, who said: ''He who has been tortured remains tortured.... He who has suffered torment can no longer find his place in the world. Faith in humanity--cracked by the first slap across the face, then demolished by torture--can never be recovered.''
As with many survivors, Levi was consumed by a sense of guilt over having survived. The loss of faith in humanity, combined with the knowledge that "each of us [who survived] supplanted his neighbor and lives in his place..." may be what ultimately broke the man.
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