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Write a 4-5 page paper that addresses one of the following sets of questions:

1) How does Primo Levi account for the Holocaust? How does one survive in Auschwitz, and what does this tell us about the Nazi system of governance? Was the Holocaust due to a unique set of historical circumstances, or might it happen again?

2) How does Primo Levi’s account of the Holocaust compare and contrast with that offered by Alain Renais in Night and Fog? (Night and Fog is a film we will watch in class on Wednesday, November 28, but it is also available for streaming via kanopy.com via libraries.colorado.edu.) Although many of the details presented in the book and the film are similar, are there any ways that they offer different accounts of the Holocaust? Which is better at accounting for the historical origins of the Holocaust? Why?

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HIST 1012.001 Fall 2018 Analytic Essay 3 DUE: in the Canvas drop box by Wednesday, December 5, at 11:59 p.m. Please carefully read the entirety of this document. It contains information that is both useful and essential. Assignment: Write a 4-5 page paper that addresses one of the following sets of questions: 1) How does Primo Levi account for the Holocaust? How does one survive in Auschwitz, and what does this tell us about the Nazi system of governance? Was the Holocaust due to a unique set of historical circumstances, or might it happen again? 2) How does Primo Levi’s account of the Holocaust compare and contrast with that offered by Alain Renais in Night and Fog? (Night and Fog is a film we will watch in class on Wednesday, November 28, but it is also available for streaming via kanopy.com via libraries.colorado.edu.) Although many of the details presented in the book and the film are similar, are there any ways that they offer different accounts of the Holocaust? Which is better at accounting for the historical origins of the Holocaust? Why? Be sure to support your argument with concrete evidence drawn from both Levi’s text and the textbook. Bonus points will be awarded for your successful incorporation of textbook material into your textual analysis. All papers must be submitted to the appropriate drop box on Canvas no later than Wednesday, September 12, at 11:59 p.m. If you work with Pages, please convert your file to .pdf format before uploading it to the drop box. Late papers will not be accepted without prior authorization. Advice & Grading Criteria: Before writing your paper, please consult the following document: http://www.colorado.edu/history/undergraduates/paper-guidelines Your essay will be graded on the basis of the quality, consistency, and comprehensiveness of your thesis and argument, as well as on the relevance, specificity and concreteness of the evidence you cite in support of it. Plagiarism: You are personally responsible for understanding and avoiding plagiarism. Please consult the following website for a stimulating discussion: https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/preventing-plagiarism/ TWO KEY RULES APPLY IN THIS COURSE ARE: 1) Unintentional plagiarism is still plagiarism and will be treated as such. 2) “Patchwriting” is a form of plagiarism. Citations: Important!!!! Neither citations nor their format is arbitrary. Citations actually constitute an integral part of your argument, since they reveal the source and authoritativeness of your claims. Their format also reveals something about the nature of the truth claims you are making. In History, the standard citation format is that of the Chicago Manual of Style, which is available on-line through libraries.colorado.edu at: https://www-chicagomanualofstyle-org.colorado.idm.oclc.org/home.html . In particular, examples of proper footnote citation format can be found at: https://www-chicagomanualofstyleorg.colorado.idm.oclc.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html . It is your responsibility to abide by this format. Failure to do so will incur at 3-point penalty on your paper grade! Use the note format, not the bibliography format.
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HOLOCAUST ANALYTICAL ESSAY

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Question 1
In his writings, Primo Levi gives an account of the day-to-day activities during the Nazi
era in Auschwitz concentration camp that was the biggest holocaust camp in Germany. The
writer goes beyond the structural brutality of the camps and how they were designed and
operated by the Nazi system. The writer’s account does not focus on the not guards nor the
Schutzstaffel (SS) and the camp officials but the Jewish inmates and the life that they experience
during the Nazi era1 . In this essay, the paper presents Primo Levi's account of the Holocaust,
how one survives in Auschwitz, and what it says about the Nazi system of governance. In its
final part, the essay discusses if the Holocaust happened due to a unique set of the historical
situation and if it might occur again.
Primo Levi’s account for the Holocaust
In Survival in Auschwitz, Levi presents the inflicting harm that the prisoners faced at the
hands of the Nazi system. Levi describes how inflicting pain and harm on other human beings
become a complete and normal routine in the concentration camp. Levi states that the Nazi
official executed the killing of the Jews in these camps without any specific hatred as t he
officials considered a normal process to select and send hundreds of thousands of people that
included weak children and women to the gas chambers where they died. Levi wonders how
mass murder would become commonplace and equated to one doing their job 2 . Further, he
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Drumbl, M. A., 2016. Victims who Victimize. London Review of International Law, Vol.4,
No.2, pp. 217-246.

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Deresiewicz, W., 2015. Why Primo Levi Survives. Retrieved from
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/12/why-primo-levisurvives/413134/

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wonders how if the majority of the German population knew about the killings of the Jews and
how it could allow it to happen or continue.
As such, Levi’s account for the Holocaust is not only about his ...


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