The courage and the pity

(ID Teca: C42711)

This touching interview by Primo Levi – one of the last given in his life – concerns the help he received while he was imprisoned in Auschwitz by an Italian who was foreign to the concentration camp (Lorenzo Perrone), also mentioned in “Se questo è un uomo”. Levi’s testimony is part of the two-part investigation by Nicola Caracciolo into acts of solidarity carried out by Italians towards Jews during the war. The basic thesis of the investigation (broadcast on 9th and 16th November 1986 on Rai2), presented here by the narrator, was then largely refuted by subsequent historiography. However, interviews like Levi’s show how much was then shared by the most lucid Jewish intellectuals themselves.