ON DEMAND • “If you are not indifferent…” PART 2

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Part 2: Primo Levi (1919-1987), a Holocaust survivor.

How can one find the words to describe the trauma and agony suffered at Auschwitz after one’s humanity has been taken away? For Primo Levi, a Holocaust survivor, the real drama was finding the appropriate language to describe the horrors and unspeakable events he encountered while imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II.

Levi wanted to tell a story that embodied the living testimony for millions of people who did not survive to talk about their own experience. He had a burning desire to be the spokesperson for those who were mercilessly exterminated. In this virtual presentation, we will explore Levi’s life; how Italian Jews saw themselves vis-à-vis the rise of fascism; his experience at Auschwitz; and his commitment to keep alive the narrative of the Holocaust, lest we forget.

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About the Speaker:

Our presenter, Francesco Bonavita, was born in Rome and has dedicated his life to teaching foreign languages. He holds a BA degree in French and a minor in German. He earned his master’s degree in French at the University of Wisconsin and completed his doctorate at CUNY in Comparative Literature on the Italian Renaissance.

In addition to Italian, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese, Bonavita has also taught Japanese. His language experience ranges from high school level to college levels. He taught at Kean University and NYU, where he was a supervisor of second language methodology. He published articles on second language learning and is the author of Giadino Italiano, an intermediate Italian textbook, published by Pearson. Professor Bonavita writes about Italian cities on his blog, www.thewondersofitaly.com and has a YouTube lecture on the Etruscans.

Stay tuned for additional information on this 4 Part Series:
Part 2. Lecture: Primo Levi (1919-1987)
Part 3. Movie: My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes
Part 4. Celebration: Meet the survivors and their families.

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