JERUSALEM: Last week I flew to Eilat with two young officers of the IDF Spokesperson Unit. One of them inquired what book I was reading. It was Carole Angier’s magisterial biography of Primo Levi.
“Who is that?” was her immediate response. I couldn’t believe at first that a graduate of one the country’s best high schools, who had gone through the rigorous selection process—which favors candidates with a wide breadth of general knowledge—had never heard of the Italian-Jewish chemist and his ground-breaking memoir of 11 months in Auschwitz, “If This Is a Man”.
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