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#Shoa Memorial Day 2014 – Primo #Levi – If this is a man

Memorial day 2014

Primo Levi
“If this is a man”

You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies because of a yes or a no.
Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter.
Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising;
Repeat them to your children,
Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.

Primo Levi, Poetry

DELEGA (non chiamarci maestri)

Non spaventarti se il lavoro è molto:

C’è bisogno di te che sei meno stanco.

Poiché hai sensi fini, senti

Come sotto i tuoi piedi suona cavo.

Rimedita i nostri errori:

C’è stato pure chi, fra noi,

S’è messo in cerca alla cieca

Come un bendato ripeterebbe un profilo,

E chi ha salpato come fanno i corsari,

E chi ha tentato con volontà buona.

Aiuta, insicuro. Tenta, benché insicuro,

Perché insicuro. Vedi

Se puoi reprimere il ribrezzo e la noia

Dei nostri dubbi e delle nostre certezze.

Mai siamo stati così ricchi, eppure

Viviamo in mezzo a mostri imbalsamati,

Ad altri mostri oscenamente vivi.

Non sgomentarti delle macerie

Né del lezzo delle discariche: noi

Ne abbiamo sgomberate a mani nude

Negli anni in cui avevamo i tuoi anni.

Reggi la corsa, del tuo meglio. Abbiamo

Pettinato la chioma alle comete,

Decifrato i segreti della genesi,
Calpestato la sabbia della luna
Costruito Auschwitz e distrutto Hiroshima.
Vedi: non siamo rimasti inerti.
Sobbarcati, perplesso;
Non chiamarci maestri.

24 giugno 1986


Holocaust Memorial Day

In several Countries today it is the Holocaust Memorial Day. To think and remember. One of Italy’s most important writers in 20th Century was Primo Levi. He went to hell in Auschwitz and he was one of the few lucky enough to come back. He wrote about his experiences under the Nazi and the Fascists. He is also one of my favourite writers. And today I would like to share some of his toughts, but not the darkest ones. He was also a man of hope:

From “The Periodic Table” (Nichel Chapter)

“Ours are ‘the two experiences of adult life’ of which Pavese spoke, success and failure, to kill the white whale or wreck the ship; one should not surrender to incomprehensible matter, one must not just sit down. We are here for this – to make mistakes and to correct ourselves, to stand the blows and hand them out. We must never feel disarmed: nature is immense and complex, but it is not impermeable to the intelligence; we must circle around it, pierce it and probe it, look for the opening or make it.”


Hello World!

Hallo everyone.

Why am I doing this? Why start a blog? Well, writer Primo Levi once said “There are two kind of men: those who makes things just for their own sake and those who make things just to tell to the others. I belong to the second kind.”. So do I.

Who am I? Just some Italian guy now living and working in Switzerland. I travel a lot, thanks to my job as Feed, Food&Beverage Segment Manager for my Company. And I cook, as a hobby… I kind like also eating. Of course I also like to taste wine. So I am lucky: my job, my hobbies, everything match…

Then, I like to tell the others what I am doing, especially about food: that’s the reason for the blog.

I am going to publish comments, thoughts, quotes, anything… and of course I appreciate any kind of comment (more or less;)).