Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Primo Levi, who would have been 93 today, was an Italian Jewish writer and chemist who published across a range of genres, including memoirs, short stories, poems, and essays. He is is best known for his memoir If This Is a Man, his account of the year he spent in Auschwitz. To celebrate his birthday, we’ve compiled JBC material related to Levi’s life and work:
In 2010, JBC reviewer Bob Goldfarb recapped the International Writers’ Festival at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, and, in a post about a panel on Holocaust writing, makes note of Primo Levi’s influence on the Spanish novelist Adolfo Garcia Ortega.
In 2009, we wrote about Project Aladdin, an initiative to publish key Holocaust works in Farsi and Arabic. One of the first four titles published through the initiative was If This Is a Man.
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.