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In 1943, sixteen-year-old Paul Steinberg was arrested in Paris and deported to Auschwitz. A chemistry student, Steinberg was assigned to work in the camp's laboratory alongside Primo Levi, who would later immortalize his fellow inmate as "Henri," the ultimate survivor, the paradigm of the prisoner who clung to life at the cost of his own humanity. "One seems to glimpse a human soul," Levi wrote in Survival in Auschwitz, "but then Henri's sad smile freezes in a cold grimace, and here he is again, intent on his hunt and his struggle; hard and distant, enclosed in armor, the enemy of all."

Now, after fifty years, Steinberg speaks for himself. In an unsparing act of self-examination, he traces his passage from artless adolescent to ruthless creature determined to do anything to live. He describes his strategies of survival: the boxing matches he staged for the camp commanders, the English POWs he exploited, the maneuvers and tactics he applied with cold competence. Ultimately, he confirms Levi's judgment: "No doubt he saw straight. I probably was that creature, prepared to use whatever means I had available." But, he asks, "Is it so wrong to survive?"

Brave and rare, Speak You Also is an unprecedented response to those dreadful events, bringing us face-to-face with the most difficult questions of humanity and survival.

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In an unsparing act of self-examination, Steinberg traces his passage from artless adolescent to ruthless creature determined to do anything to live after being deported to Auschwitz. A profound and necessary addition to the body of Holocaust writing, this is a survivor's reckoning with the cost of his survival. Photo.

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Paul Steinberg was born in Berlin in 1926 and imigrated to France at the age of seven. Deported to Auschwitz in 1943, he was the only member of his family to survive the war. After liberation, Steinberg returned to Paris, where he lived until his death in 1999.

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stoutout, September 14, 2006 (view all comments by stoutout)
Instead of the graphic litany of atrocities that characterizes much Holocaust literature, Paul Steinberg?s exquisitely written memoir of survival at Auschwitz focuses on the lingering effects of having survived?the fifty-plus years of sleeplessness, strained relationships and brutal self-recriminations that haunted him until his death in 1999. An unapologetic rejoinder to fellow prisoner Primo Levi?who later recast Steinberg as ?Henri,? the ultimate survivor, in If This Is a Man?Speak You Also dares ask the question: Is it so wrong to survive? The answers tormented Steinberg all his life, and yet there is peace amid the turbulence of this astonishing little book. ?A delivery,? Steinberg writes, ?no matter how long overdue, is still a deliverance.?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805060645
Subtitle:
A Holocaust Memoir
Translator:
Ford, Bill
Author:
Steinberg, Paul
Translator:
Coverdale, Linda
Author:
Coverdale, Linda
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Historical
Series Volume:
168-99
Publication Date:
20001012
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.405 in

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