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Speak You Also A Survivor's Reckoning

ISBN-10: 0312420455

ISBN-13: 9780312420451

Edition: 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Paul Steinberg, Linda Coverdale

List price: $16.00
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A concentration camp survivor confronts one of the most heated and vexed questions of the Holocaust: what price survival? In 1943, sixteen-year-old Paul Steinberg was arrested in Paris and deported to Auschwitz. A chemistry student, Steinberg was assigned to work in the camp's laboratory alongside Primo Levi, who would later immortalize his fellow inmate as "Henri," the ultimate survivor, the paradigm of the prisoner who clung to life at the cost of his own humanity. "One seems to glimpse a human soul," Levi wrote in If This Is a Man, "but then Henri's sad smile freezes in a cold grimace, and here he is again, intent on his hunt and his struggle; hard and distant, enclosed in armor, the enemy of all." Now, after fifty years, Steinberg speaks for himself. In an unsparing act of self-scrutiny, he traces his passage from artless adolescent to ruthless creature determined to do anything to live. He describes his strategies of survival: the boxing matches he staged for the camp commanders, the English POWs he exploited, the maneuvers and tactics he applied with cold competence. Ultimately, he confirms Levi's judgment: "No doubt he saw straight. I probably was that creature, prepared to use whatever means I had available." But, he asks, "Is it so wrong to survive?" Brave and rare, Speak You Also is a profound and necessary addition to the body of Holocaust writing: a survivor's reckoning with culpability and survival.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 12/7/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Paul Steinberg was born in Berlin in 1926 & immigrated to France at the age of seven. Deported to Auschwitz in 1943, he was the only member of his family to survive the war. After liberation, Steinberg returned to Paris, where he lived until his death in 1999.

Apprenticeship
Digression I
The Last Fight
The Life and Death of Philippe
Digression II
The Black Hole
The Last Salon
One Sunday in Spring
The Big Bluff
Digression III
The Verdict
The Slap
Digression IV
Funeral March
The Last Lap
Hindsight