This article explores the theme of the crisis of the twentieth-century intellectual by examining how it manifested itself in regard to the Nazi concentration camps, the most tragic episode of the twentieth century. To examine this theme, I turn to the writings of intellectuals who both lived and survived this horrifying experience. For these survivors, the concentration camp – or, by metonymy, Auschwitz – was interpreted a posteriori not only, or not simply, as a devastating experience that they had to come to grips with, but also as the ultimate struggle of the subject and of humankind – a crossroads, and perhaps the decisive crossroads determining the relationship between the intellectual and the world.

Intellectuals and the Memory of Auschwitz. Améry, Levi and the Unusual Case of Viktor E. Frankl

GANERI, Margherita
2015

Abstract

This article explores the theme of the crisis of the twentieth-century intellectual by examining how it manifested itself in regard to the Nazi concentration camps, the most tragic episode of the twentieth century. To examine this theme, I turn to the writings of intellectuals who both lived and survived this horrifying experience. For these survivors, the concentration camp – or, by metonymy, Auschwitz – was interpreted a posteriori not only, or not simply, as a devastating experience that they had to come to grips with, but also as the ultimate struggle of the subject and of humankind – a crossroads, and perhaps the decisive crossroads determining the relationship between the intellectual and the world.
Primo Levi; Jean Amèry; Viktor Frankl; Intellectual's crisis; Auschwitz; Holocaust Studies
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