Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life

by Berel Lang,
The Jerusalem Post, January 3, 2014

Until 1938, "it had not meant much to me that I was a Jew," Primo Levi claimed in The Periodic Table (1975). "Within myself and in my contacts with Christian friends, I had always considered my origin as an almost negligible but curious fact: a small, amusing anomaly, like having a crooked nose or freckles."