Primo Levi’s Gray Zone: Implications for Post-Holocaust Ethics

  title={Primo Levi’s Gray Zone: Implications for Post-Holocaust Ethics},
  author={S. Lee},
  journal={Holocaust and Genocide Studies},
  pages={276 - 297}
  • S. Lee
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Abstract:The Holocaust calls into question the very possibility of ethics. In his landmark book The Drowned and the Saved (first published in 1986), Primo Levi introduced the notion of a moral “gray zone.” The author of this essay re-examines Levi’s use of the term. He discusses some of the ways in which the expression has been misappropriated and misunderstood—and why this matters. 


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