How old was Primo Levi (1919-1987) when he was sent to Auschwitz? Twenty-four. The Italian Jewish writer tells the story of his captivity in Auschwitz from 1944 to 1945 in Sequesto e un uomo (tr. If This Is a Man, 1947). In the United States, the book is entitled Survival in Auschwitz (1958).
Excerpted from: Corey, Melinda, and George Ochoa. Literature: The New York Public Library Book of Answers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.