Friday, February 6, 2015

Primo Levi Exhibition

Primo Michele Levi was an Italian Jewish chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor. He was the author of several books, novels, collections of short stories, essays, and poems. His best-known works include If This Is a Man (1947) (U.S.: Survival in Auschwitz), his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and his unique work, The Periodic Table (1975), linked to qualities of the elements, which the Royal Institution of Great Britain named the best science book ever written.

honors, from January 22 to April 6, 2015, in a collective effort and great commitment, in one of his best sons - Primo Levi - with an exhibition in the Palazzo Madama.

The exhibition was intended and designed for everyone, but especially for the young, given the importance that Levi has in culture and in school for Italy and other countries.

A wagon, symbol of travel of deportation placed in front of Palazzo Madama for the exhibition dedicated to Primo Levi. A symbol disputed by the superintendent Luca Rinaldi, arguing that it was not in the context of piazza Castello ( Where Palazzo Madama is located ) and its "cumbersome" characteristic , wrote to the City to show his opposition to this arrangement.

Due to his insensibility and intolerance, the wagon was risked to be removed, but it seems at the end it was allowed to stay where it is now, due to the critics and protests by the public against Mr. Rinaldi's protest.

Perhaps, he should be the one to be removed...... 


Kate said...

I used to teach a Holocaust unit to 10th graders; an important course for all young people. I've read Primo Levi's books, which should be a requirement for all adults, too. Thanks for posting these photos!

William Kendall said...

Mr. Rinaldi would be best removed- the train car is a stark reminder of that time, and perfectly fitting given the exhibition.