January 19, 2022

Acquisitions: “U.S. Holocaust Museum Gets a Treasured Auschwitz Manuscript by Primo Levi”

From The Washington Post:

Manuela Paul had the precious documents in a plastic folder, inside an artist’s satchel, inside a Whole Foods shopping bag, which she kept at her side the entire bus ride from New York to Washington.

The package in her custody was a rare 1946 draft of one of the most revered books to come out of the Holocaust — Italian author Primo Levi’s classic memoir of his 10 months in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.

And when Paul and her sister, Eva Yona Deykin, arrived at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last month with Levi’s signed and edited draft, they were greeted by a delegation of grateful officials.

On Wednesday, the museum unveiled the partial manuscript of “Survival in Auschwitz,” which Levi wrote shortly after his return from the camp and is a wrenching and eloquent account of the horrors there.


The manuscript was donated to the museum by Paul and Deykin, of Brookline, Mass., who were given it by their mother, the late Anna Foa Yona. She was a close second cousin to Levi and had fled fascist Italy with her family to the United States in 1940

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