Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Primo Levi and Buna-Monowitz Concentration Camp

Italian Jew, Primo Levi, was a concentration camp survivor (he had been at Buna-Monowitz). His words below come from his poem, “Buna”, which he penned in December of 1945:

Torn feet and cursed earth,

The long line in the gray morning.

The Buna smokes from a thousand chimneys,

A day like every other day awaits us.

The whistles terrible at dawn:

‘Your multitudes with dead faces,

On the monotonous horror of the mud

Another day of suffering is born.’

Source: Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness (1993, p. 374)

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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