Share via Email Children at the Auschwitz concentration camp on 27 Januaryjust after the liberation by the Soviet army. AP With the exception of some months working as a chemist in Milan at the beginning of the war and the year in which he survived Auschwitz, Primo Levi lived in the same apartment in Turin for all of his 68 years.
His father, Cesare, worked for the manufacturing firm Ganz and spent much of his time working abroad in Hungary, where Ganz was based.
Cesare was an avid reader and autodidact. Levi's mother, Ester, known to everyone as Rina, was well educated, having attended the Istituto Maria Letizia.
She too was an avid reader, played the piano, and spoke fluent French.
In he entered the Felice Rignon primary school in Turin. A thin and delicate child, he was shy and thought he was ugly; he excelled academically. His school record includes long periods of absence during which he was tutored at home, at first by Emilia Glauda and then by Marisa Zini, daughter of philosopher Zino Zini.
His father remained in the city, partly because of his dislike of the rural life, but also because of his infidelities. For these reasons, he was bullied. Inas was expected of all young Italian schoolboys, he joined the Avanguardisti movement for young Fascists.
He avoided rifle drill by joining the ski division, and spent every Saturday during the season on the slopes above Turin.
In his teens, Levi and a few friends would sneak into a disused sports stadium and conduct athletic competitions. In July at the age of 14, he sat the exams for the Liceo Classico D'Azeglioa Lyceum sixth form or senior high school specializing in the classicsand was admitted that year.
The school was noted for its well-known anti-Fascist teachers, among them the philosopher Norberto Bobbioand Cesare Pavesewho later became one of Italy's best-known novelists.
His father was able to keep him out of the Navy by enrolling him in the Fascist militia Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale. He remained a member through his first year of university, until passage of the Italian Racial Laws of forced his expulsion.
Levi later recounted this series of events in the short story "Fra Diavolo on the Po". As one of 80 candidates, he spent three months taking lectures, and in February, after passing his colloquio oral examinationhe was selected as one of 20 to move on to the full-time chemistry curriculum.
In the liberal period as well as in the first decade of the Fascist regime, Jews held many public positions, and were prominent in literature, science and politics.
In Italy's conquest of Ethiopia and the expansion of what the regime regarded as the Italian "colonial empire" brought the question of "race" to the forefront. In the context set by these events, and the alliance with Hitler's Germany, the situation of the Jews of Italy changed radically.
In July a group of prominent Italian scientists and intellectuals published the " Manifesto of Race ," a mixture of racial and ideological antisemitic theories from ancient and modern sources. This treatise formed the basis for the Italian Racial Laws of October After its enactment Italian Jews lost their basic civil rights, positions in public offices, and their assets.
Their books were prohibited: Jewish writers could no longer publish in magazines owned by Aryans.Primo Levi's biography and life monstermanfilm.com Levi was born in Turin in Italy in , to a family of non-religious Jews with Spanish roots. Pursuing an education in chemistry, he flouted Mussolini's racial law.
On their wedding day, Rina's father, Cesare Luzzati, gave Rina the apartment at Corso Re Umberto, where Primo Levi lived for almost his entire life.
Levi, ca. s. In Anna Maria, Levi's sister, was born; he remained close to her all his life. Announcement of The Complete Works of Primo Levi; Works by or about Primo Levi at Internet Occupation: Writer, chemist.
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Early life. Levi was born in Turin, Piedmont, to wealthy Jewish physician Ercole Levi and Annetta Treves, the sister of Claudio Treves, an important socialist leader in Italy. Levi graduated from high school (Liceo Alfieri) in Upon graduation, Levi attended the University of Turin, where he studied medicine and, in , graduated with high marks.
Washington Post Notable Book The Complete Works of Primo Levi, which includes seminal works like If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table, finally gathers all fourteen of Levi’s books―memoirs, essays, poetry, commentary, and fiction―into three slipcased volumes.. Primo Levi, the Italian-born chemist once described by Philip Roth as that “quicksilver little woodland creature.